“Forgiveness is a process: a messy, non-linear, and often barbed process that can leave us feeling whole and liberated one minute, and bleeding out of every vein the next.” —Debi Thomas
It is four days to Sunday and I am well aware that the message for Sunday is one of the most difficult I will ever offer. I’m wrestling. It is a message that can offer wholeness or harm. In advance of Sunday, I’m already praying, “God, let me do no harm.”
In Sunday’s scripture from Matthew 18: 21-35, Jesus is asked how often one should forgive. The asker takes a turn at their own question by suggesting one should forgive seven times. Jesus says how about seventy times seven.
Jesus makes it clear that forgiveness is exceedingly important. Yet often we have candy coated the topic, caked it in guilt, and turned it into a shouldism that leaves us stranded on the periphery of misconceptions and misperceptions. The one asking for forgiveness often rushes the question “will you forgive me?” with so many strings attached, it threatens to strangle everyone. The one being asked to forgive is often not ready for the question. Forgiveness, when misunderstood and misapplied, can sadly deepen the harm. Too often this has happened in churches and in public life.
In preparation for Sunday think about these questions:
• Why should we forgive?
• How can forgiveness become a form of shouldism?
• In what ways can forgiveness be a form of denial?
• In what ways can forgiveness be a detour or a shortcut?
• In what ways is forgiveness different from healing or reconciliation?
• In what ways is forgiveness a process rather than being quick and easy?
Shout out to Debi Thomas from the webzine Journey with Jesus. She is the source of many of the thoughts that are churning in me and her flow of thought prompted the above questions.
Debi quotes one of my pastors, Henri Nouwen: “Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly, and so we need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. Forgiveness is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”
Rev. Elder Dwayne
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While we may not be able to walk side-by-side, we can come together virtually to share our stories, support one another, and raise money to save lives. Click Here to Join The Teamand say you’re “in” on Saturday, September 12th. See this Q&A or contact Rev Cathy at email@example.com for more information 202-638-7373 for more information.
Giving & Generosity
Join us for an all-church generosity webinar from 10:00 a.m. to noon Eastern on Saturday, September 19th. Tom Melzoni of Horizons Stewardship will lead the session. He helps churches design and implement stewardship plans and recently explained why “Funding ministry in 2021 will be more difficult than ever.”
Older Adult Ministry
Our Older Adult Ministry will meet via Zoom at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 13th. This month’s topic is Medicare and Medicaid help for Seniors in DC, featuring guest speaker Greg McCoy of General Agent Secure Benefits. Contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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Your’re invited to consider sharing your spiritual gifts by making a Scripture Reading Video or sharing a Video Testimony on what MCCDC means to you.
It does not have to be long and the AV team is standing by to help you with the video. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
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MCCDC Virtual Ministry Working Group !
A Virtual Ministry Working Group is forming now and you are invited and encouraged to join!
It is important, now more than ever, to develop our strategy for online ministry and membership – even when we are able to meet again in-person, the work we do now will help us as a community ensure we can re-imagine our ministry in a way that welcomes and engages everyone – regardless of whether they can participate in person or virtually.
If you are interested in joining the working group, or have questions, please contact Ministry Intern Dr. Carla Sherrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Volunteer! No experience is required. We will train you or someone you recommend. (Perhaps a student interested in picking up new skills?) Opportunities include:
o Producing the livestream itself on Sundays and for special events (greatest need)
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Email Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to any one of the AV team members to volunteer or for more information
The Soundboard Ministry Needs YOU
Soundboard volunteers are needed for 9 am and 11 am services. No experience needed!
You will be trained on a state of the art soundboard and learn how to set up mics for services.
Ideally, you will train at the 9 am service and continue training at the 11 am service, but we are flexible.
Please contact Michael Cunningham at email@example.com or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
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