This Sunday, there are even MORE reasons to come to join us at 7:20 a.m. for our community breakfast – the Cowtown Marathon is this Sunday. Avoid all the traffic hassles, get to the church early and come join us for breakfast! Then, stay for the 8:30 a.m. Chapel service and join us for our Lenten Study at 9:30 a.m. in the foundation building. A link with a map of the marathon route is below along with instructions how best to get to the church.
AND, this Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Lent. As a guide to our Lenten journey we are using the Prayer of St. Francis and this week’s focus is where there is injury, pardon. The types or kinds of injury are vast – we have small personal injuries like when we accidently bump into someone and we say – “Pardon me.” Then there are injuries that are catastrophic. There are injuries between two individuals or between various members of a family, group, or community. There are injuries that are accidental and those that are intentional. There are injuries that heal and those that don’t. There are injuries that we have suffered and injuries that we have inflicted.
Do you believe there are injuries that are unpardonable? Injuries that are unforgiveable? What does it mean to forgive? Does forgiving and forgetting have anything in common?
Are there injuries that we have observed, that we have been aware of and that we have looked away from? Are there injuries that continue to be perpetuated, sometimes generation after generation, because of a collective denial? As a community, are we responsible for injuries we didn’t personally commit?
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…..where there is injury, pardon…
What I want us to focus on is NOT about guilt or shame – the injuries we may or may not of caused – but instead, I want us to focus on our oneness – our connectedness – our being the body of Christ and parts of each other.
See you Sunday morning!
Your sister in Christ,
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink. Certainly the body isn’t one part but many. If the foot says, “I’m not part of the body because I’m not a hand,” does that mean it’s not part of the body? If the ear says, “I’m not part of the body because I’m not an eye,” does that mean it’s not part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, what would happen to the hearing? And if the whole body were an ear, what would happen to the sense of smell? But as it is, God has placed each one of the parts in the body just like he wanted. If all were one and the same body part, what would happen to the body? But as it is, there are many parts but one body. So the eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you,” or in turn, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” Instead, the parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most necessary. The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we honor the most. The private parts of our body that aren’t presentable are the ones that are given the most dignity. The parts of our body that are presentable don’t need this. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the part with less honor so that there won’t be division in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it. You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.
Things rot know about the Cowtown Marathon:
- Due to the weather, the marathon now starts at 8:00 a.m. (Click here for link with a map of the route )
- Avoid the Will Rogers area.
- From the West: Get on I-30 eastbound, exit on Cherry St and that will take you straight to the church
- From the East: Get on I-30 westbound, exit on University, make a U-turn back onto I-30 eastbound and exit on Cherry St, and that will take you straight to the church.
- From the South: Get on I-30 eastbound at any point west of Forest Park and exit on Cherry St, and that will take you straight to the church. If you live near Southside (Berkley, Fairmount, Mistletoe Heights) avoid driving on Forest Park south of Park Place. 8th Ave will be blocked by the course but if you are patient, officers will let cars through as there are breaks between runners.
- From the North: Get on I-35W southbound, exit I-30 eastbound, exit on University, make a U-turn back onto I-30 westbound and exit on Cherry St, and that will take you straight to the Church.
- Leaving FUMCFW: Go out Macon Street to access I-30 westbound. To go east or north, go 5th Street west to Forest Park Boulevard, turn left and proceed to eastbound on I-30.
See you on Sunday!
Rev. Page Hines, Associate Pastor
Compassion and Justice Ministries