Empire: Then and Now

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February 18, 2018
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Lent 1, Empire: Then and Now
Readings: Psalm 25:1-10 & Matthew 6:1-8, 16-21

Dear Beloved,
We have begun Lent – our theme is Empire: Being in the World But Not of It. We have a series of sermons and activities set up so we can explore this theme together – how do we contribute to empire, when must we comply, and how will we resist for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
I’m preaching the first sermon, to give us ideas to share – is empire our culture and system? How can we tell? Are there parallels between the empire of Rome, and our current times? Will the teachings of and presence of Jesus teach us what will help us survive and thrive? Can this work deepen our spiritual wellbeing?
We pray our Lent be meaningful – and that we do not fall into despair.
~Laura Ruth
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