Those gathering for 4oh!4 in the basement of the Condon United Church of Christ on Sunday afternoon at 4:04 p.m. will share a simple meal of soup and experience the labyrinth.
Sometimes confused with a maze, a labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools in various faith traditions.
Unlike a maze, with a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made. The choice is to enter or not. A more passive, receptive mindset is needed. The choice is whether or not to walk a spiritual path.
For more information, phone or text Rev. Tim Graves at 541-256-0565 or email 4oh4Condon@gmail.com
Sunday, January 18, 2015 * Worship @ 10:30 * Bible Study @ 9:15
Sermon: Dreams & Temptations
Sacred Text: Matthew 4:1-17
Wisdom Words: “I Have a Dream” speech
Our sacred text this week comes from the gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 4:1-17 is the story of Jesus being tempted prior to the start of his ministry. Traditionally we have thought of the tempter as an evil character or even Satan but that is not quite correct.
According to Richard Swanson, “The Greek word is not quite so devilish: it refers physically to the act of throwing something across someone’s path, and is well-translated as “slanderer.” Such a character is no ally, but neither is a slanderer necessarily a cosmic force of evil.”
You can read the scripture in the Common English Bible or in your favorite translation.
I will be pairing the scripture with a wisdom text in the coming weeks. The wisdom text for this week is an excerpt from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. You can read it at the National Archives by clicking here or watch a video from Salt Project.
See you Sunday!