When Did We See You?

Perhaps you remember that experiment the Washington Post initiated with violinist Joshua Bell? A prodigy, Bell has been involved in bringing classical music not only to the concert hall but to the classroom as well … and to the subway station. We have linked to a PBS Interview with Bell following two very different gigs in a subway station.

We reference that situation here because this Sunday, November 23, we are considering a well-known text from Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus tells a story about his “coming in glory at the end of the age”. It is a story of judgment told in response to a question his disciples put to him. They want to know what things will look like at that culminating moment in history – they don’t want to miss it! In the story Jesus tells he suggests that his presence among us is often something we miss. “Lord, when did we see you …?”

We will consider this question from the perspective of the time in which Jesus told the story, and from the perspective of the timeless truth it contains – relevant in every age. We look forward to worship this Sunday and invite you to join us.

Matthew 25:31-46

Message: When Did We See You?

Links:

Joshua Bell in the Subway Station – “In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?” (The Wondering Jew.)

The Second Subway Concert. (Even if you don’t have the time or desire to listen to the full program, check out the comments.)

 PBS Interview with Joshua Bell

“The Wondering Jew” unpacks the Social Experiment

 TED Talk – Melissa Fleming – Head of Communications for UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees.

For Info about “Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Internally Displaced Persons“.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.