Last week in Fitzroy we were looking at repentance and following Jesus in our current Northern Irish crisis. People joined Twitter as a response... go figure! Or listen to the sermon (all Fitzroy sermons can be listened to here)
Tomorrow (11am) we will go into a short series on the Sermon on The Mount, starting with the Beatitudes. No better way to ask what repentance is and following Jesus is than a spiritual soak in some of Jesus best poetry. Add the other Lectionary Reading from Micah 6 and verse 8 in particular, "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" and we are soaking in tender but explosive waters!
My title comes from one of my favourite singers Bruce Cockburn. Hear how he sang the Beatitudes to an audience of just me. He didn't realise. I couldn't believe my blessing. The song he sang gives the sermon its title - Shipwrecked At The Stable Door. I steal it from Cockburn who stole it from Brennan Manning. I love the juxtaposition, in the song, of beatitudes and the stable. The nativity is a pictorial image of the poetry.
The question will be... are we shipwrecked at the door... what does it mean to live the stable.
(and I know that the stable is not in the Bible... Manning, Cockburn and I are using it with poetic license!)
In the evening (7pm) we have the final part of our series Faith On The Frontline. This has been an insightful series, hearing the stories of those putting their faith into practice at work, or through struggle or whatever their frontline is. Tomorrow night Rachel Fullerton and Roz Stirling will be sharing about those situations when your dreams start to unravel and how that often times is the anvil on which faith and charter are formed - a mysterious grace indeed!