Weekly Update: Church in the Park & New Sermon Series!
In early 2008, almost exactly 10 years ago, I was a journalist covering the Democratic presidential primary race between Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. The consensus wisdom among national pundits gave Obama little chance of dethroning Clinton from her spot atop the polls. But when I arrived in Denver two days before Colorado's primary on Super Tuesday, signs of a seismic shift were everywhere.
The pro-Clinton "rally" I attended looked more like a rural knitting convention, a few dozen grandmothers milling about while organizers tried to look busy. By contrast, Obama's rally was a rock concert, full of youth, anticipation, buzz. Two days later, Obama won Colorado in a landslide, taking 67 percent of the vote. Nationally, he won 13 of 22 Democratic primaries that night. The seismic shift had begun.
I recall standing amid a crowd of glassy-eyed Obama supporters as they watched the broadcast of their candidate declaring Super Tuesday victory on a giant screen in a downtown Denver theater. The moment felt epic. As though the nation had changed in a single night. America was on her way to electing its first black president. Surely, a period of great racial harmony would follow.
A decade later, the promise and hope of that moment seems lost. As it turns out, the seismic shift taking place was not one toward greater harmony but away from it. Racial tensions steadily rose during Obama's two terms and have surged under Trump.
And our nation's discord festers on many fronts beyond race, too: sexuality, media, faith, gender, politics, generations. On most every social issue, people in this country are increasingly unwilling to exchange ideas with anyone holding a different view than their own. We tend to assume evil motives shape any perspectives we dislike. And we tend to congratulate ourselves uncritically for siding with righteousness.
What is the church's role amid all this division? That is the question we will address at The Painted Door this Sunday and throughout the entire summer. In a sermon series we are calling "Dividing Walls," we will unpack how the gospel of Jesus mattered in the cultural divisions of ancient Palestine. And we will ask how it can matter now, specifically among us.
Can the church be a source of unity? Can we help tear down the dividing walls of our time? Maybe, but only if we reckon with the dividing walls in us.
- Pastor Mark
- GARAGE SALE DROP OFF
Next Sunday, before or after worship, you can drop off items here at the building to sell in our church garage sale that we’re holding in partnership with Reborn Ministries. The goal is to raise money to support programs that help the residents of Garfield Park.
- ENNEAGRAM CLASS
We're gauging interest in a Enneagram class for this summer. It would be a 12 wk video course (The Road Back to You) and discussion, $25 class fee. If you're interested in attending, email us at email@example.com or text "enneagram" to (312) 229-0808!
THIS COMING SUNDAY
DIVIDING WALLS AND THE CHRIST WHO MAKES PEACE: JEWS & GENTILES
Pastor Mark Bergin
We tend to believe that any disdain we may have for other people stems from our commitment to righteousness. In ancient Palestine, Jews often disdained gentiles because they considered them ceremonially unclean. In other words, the Jewish commitment to cleanliness before God, to what they considered righteousness, compelled them to disparage people who did not share that commitment. People groups in our time are no different. Democrats disdain Republicans from a self-righteous sense of greater care for the poor and marginalized. Republicans disdain Democrats from a self-righteous sense of greater concern for liberty and responsibility. But, in truth, our disdain for others does not stem from righteousness or our connection to God. On the contrary, our disdain for others stems from our disdain for God. Whenever we set ourselves up as the righteous party crusading to conquer those evil people over there, we are not fighting with God but against him. We are aiming to defeat those that he aims to love. And we are aiming to exalt ourselves when he aims to humble us.
VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR JUNE 3
Liturgy Writer: OPEN
Greeters: Meysters, Fiona B
Sun Manager: Cassie S
Hospitality: Tyler J, Trent K
Media: Huilan J
Audio: Jesse S
Band Leader: Sam C
Scripture: Cassie S
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Heidi D, Chad L
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Morgan G, David M
Check In: Ian C
4-6 Team: Tamara H, Heather C
7-9 Team: Harris & Michaela N
Common Time: Harris N
Nursery: Tami G, Maddy G, Stacey J
Youth Cohort: OPEN
Info Table: Jason/McKenzie
Prayer Team: Confesor & Kim M
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