Our task as followers of God is to always be present with others, showing compassion and care even when we would rather not.
What is paramount for your understanding of God: concepts, prayers, characteristics, stories, or some combination of them all?
What are the advantages - and dangers - of trying to see all people as the same?
What in life do we fear most? Why? Where did it come from? And more importantly how do we get through it.
We cannot separate ourselves from our past, for it is part of us.
God has a strange sense of humor sometimes. Sunday is designated as Peace With Justice Sunday and oh my goodness do we need to talk a little about that!!
But Paul's message remind us that God's message of love and hope is for ALL people. All peoples are needed with all kinds of gifts to carry out God's work!
As a church and as a country and as people of faith, the question for us continues to be one of how are we changing the world around us.
What might happen if we told different stories about how love works in and through and with and (when necessary) in spite of us?
So if the origin story of Christianity is rife with conflict, is there any hope for a peaceful future?