This week Peace School continues for all ages. The younger ages hear the story of "John the Baptist" while the JYF continue reading Revelation and the MYF continue reading Matthew.
MLK Weekend is another reminder of why we keep re-telling these stories and why they were written, lived and live on. John the Baptist confronted the elitism of the religious leaders in his day. Revelation confronted the powers of the empire that sought to control the weak and the different, instead of include everyone and empower everyone. The Gospel of Matthew was primarily written to Jews, encouraging them to go beyond their known world of the "Old Testament," and to embrace Jesus' understanding of the Old Testament. Jesus' understanding was not necessarily new to Jews, but he lived Judaism in such a different way than most people. Like John, Jesus was concerned with practices that freed people, empowered people, and brought people together. Too much of Judaism bound people to sacrifices, difficult legal codes, and a hierarchy that privileged the few.
No wonder that Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated today. He also understood that Christianity is not for binding people, but for bringing people together. Do we still believe this today? If so, how do we show it to our children in a way that remembers King's dream?
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.