June, 2010 Paradox newsletter
Posted by allsaintslutheranchurch.com
From the Pastor…
Here in this place the new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away; see in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day. Gather us in, the lost and forsaken, gather us in, the blind and the lame; call to us now, and we shall awaken, we shall arise at the sound of our name.
Worship hymnal #532
I attended the AIDS Memorial vigil this year – the first time I’ve been. It wasn’t a grand event with great press or mass crowds, but candles were lit and silence broken with stories about dear people who had died. The image of light breaking darkness is resonant with all of us – think of the night-light in the hall-way during the night; consider the candles on Christmas eve. Even the smallest light breaks the blackest darkness.
Light can also show wounds and expose blemishes in dark closets of our lives. We may not want parts of ourselves exposed.
Community is a risky thing – and it is riskier when done well. It means we have to live with the failings of others and, worse, the failings of ourselves – we are known for who we are.
But community can also be the most fulfilling part of life – to be known by another, and, even so, to be fully accepted.
This Summer, enjoy the sun that lights the days, and revel in the warmth that it brings as well. Invite others into community! -Pastor Tyler Gingrich
-to Melissa for all her work on theAscension music event!
-to Lynn, Liz, Dorothy and Myrle for hosting at our Ascension event!
-to Vern for leading worship on May 16th
-to Paul for all his energy and ideas for The First Supper
-to Lenord for his work around the property
HISTORY WORTH KNOWING…
Dwight L. Moody (1837-1888), a native of Massachusetts
…returned to America in 1876, he spent the rest of his life trying to unify disenchanted church members through Bible study at his Bible Institute in Chicago. […] The Bible Institute in Chicago attracted large numbers of conservative Christians who rejected “secularism” – the invasion of new, scientific ways of interpreting the Bible and of understanding human nature. These new ways of studying the Bible concentrated on a critical literary analysis of the text and on the historical Jesus. When radical foreign (German) liberals such as David F. Strauss declared in his Life of Jesus (1835) that the divinity of Jesus was a “myth,” American Fundamentalists rallied against the onslaught of modernist fallacies. News ways of understanding human nature were associated with Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and his theory of evolution linking humans to animals (On the Origins of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859 and The Descent of Man, 1871). The plan to unite Christian minds against such liberal teachings through unconditional loyalty to The Fundamentals came from a pastor at the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Amzi Clarence Dixon. …Dixon established an editorial committee consisting of three clergymen and three laymen who were millenarians; they believed that the final millennium had arrived. The fundamentalist periodicals were to be a unique effort to evangelize the English-speaking world before the end-time. Sixty-four authors were chosen to write articles for the periodical, most of them British and American millenarians. J. Lyman Stewart organized the Testimony Publishing Company. It published ninety articles between 1910 and 1915: twenty-nine defended biblical literalism; thirty-one defended the five “fundamentals” derived from the Bible; and the rest were personal testimonies, attacks on science, and proposals for mission. The five fundamentals constituted a “creed” that had to be unconditionally affirmed: (1) an inerrant Bible, (2) the virgin birth of Jesus, (3) the substitutionary atonement of sins through Jesus, (4) a resurrection with the same body, and (5) the second coming of Jesus. The first “fundamental,” and inerrant Bible, is the foundation for the other fundamentals. After World War I, The World’s Christian Fundamentals Association was founded in 1919 in Philadelphia, and it remained the key advocate for Fundamentalism over the next decade.
(Eric W. Gritsch, Toxic Spirituality: Four Enduring Temptations of Christian Faith, pp.46-47)
All Saints mission congregation hosts two ELCIC global missionaries this Summer!!
Come and hear Rev. Brian Rude, long-term missionary to El Salvador,on Tuesday, June 29!
Set aside the date: August 4, missionary to Peru, Rev. Fran Schmidt at All Saints!