November 20, 2016
Message from Rev. Deb Bowman

November 20, 2016

It’s Ryerson’s anniversary Sunday – our last one with this name. What a critical time to be considering who we are. At our very core – what makes us different from every other well-intentioned club? “Well we’re Christian,” you might respond. Which takes me to the question that has been keeping me awake the last couple of weeks. What is the Christian response to the current mood, not just reflected in the election of Donald Trump, but globally? What are we to say, to do? How are we to live at this murky time in our history? I believe we are being called to take our faith and our identity as Christians very seriously, and that might make us uncomfortable. But not as uncomfortable as the end result of doing nothing. In the Hebrew Testament reading for this Sunday, God through Jeremiah heaps derision and judgement on the leaders who have led the people astray, who have neglected their primary task of caring for the orphans, the widows, the disenfranchised. The more things change….God promises that the scattered people of God will be gathered up, and with them God will reconcile all things. This Sunday let the Spirit of God ‘Gather Us In” and let’s be reminded of our call, and be strengthened for our purpose. Take shelter from the rain and the dreary days and the early onset of false Christmas cheer and let’s gather – to sing, to celebrate, to worship and to be stirred up for the long tomorrow.

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