Scripture Reading for August 28, 2011

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
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Questions

How do you as an individual proclaim life in the wake of all of the death and adversity in our world?

How do we as a community of faith proclaim life in the face of social injustices?

What sustains you in your proclamation?

Rev. Catherine Crooks is Minister for Member Care

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One Response to Scripture Reading for August 28, 2011

  1. Joan Smiley says:

    How do you as an individual proclaim life in the wake of all of the death and adversity in our world?
    It probably sounds simplistic but I try to guide my actions by the tenet of “Do good and be kind”.
    I realize I often speak of the adversity in our community and the need to find ways to improve
    the quality of community life so that a secure, supported life is possible I do not not think that
    complaining will in itself bring change. Instead, I believe that society will benefit if people
    can realize that positive change is much more apt to occur when many are aware and thus are
    seeking ways to help alleviate problems and build toward the good. We can all help, somehow.

    How do we as a community of faith proclaim life in the face of social injustices?
    The challenge before us is to find avenues to listen to and respond to the people with needs in our community who are seeking our assistance. Because Plymouth is situated in downtown Minneapolis and many members live in surrounding suburbs, it is through ongoing programs such as the Drop In Center, 3rd Sunday meals, support for Lydia House, and the Neighborhood organization that Plymouth members will find opportunities to ‘proclaim life’ in the face of social injustices. And long term results and positive influence are facilitated by the on going financial support of Plymouth Church which hopefully insures the helpful influence of these programs.

    What sustains you in your proclamation?
    When Plymouth cares as a community and many members are involved one primary way that we are sustained is by our shared activities and involvment in problem solving discussions.
    It is also helpful to receive reports of how our intentions and actions are helping to achieve a better quality of life for those who are involved in Plymouth’s outreach and social actions efforts.
    And because we all like to know that our efforts are helpful a “thank you, volunteers you’ve helped to make a important difference in the lives of our community” is appreciated. I have found too, that the opportunity to share my values and perspectives via the Plymouth Spirt site has a sustaining influence.

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