This Week’s Reflection
“Jesus said, ‘Live ecstatically. Move out of that place of death and toward life because I am the God who is living. Wherever I am, there is life, there is change, there is growth, there is increase and blossoming and something new. I am going to make everything new.’” ~Henri J.M. Nouwen
Our God of eternal newness is a God of hope. We can trust that God is working with what is to bring growth. Death is no obstacle. This affirmation is not a spiritual bypass from real life. Often, life hurts. Often, life is messy. Often, life is overwhelming. This seems especially true these days. Through it all, I believe there is hope beyond the headlines.
In our scripture for Sunday from John 11: 32-45 there is a headline that seems to be the final word: LAZARUS IS DEAD. In fact, when Jesus arrives on the scene Lazarus has been dead for four days. It is a scene of raw grief and pain, mixed with confusion, accusations and unmet expectations. Jesus too enters into the grief: “Jesus wept” (v. 35). This window into the heart of Jesus offers deep encouragement to all who grieve. Desmond Tutu said “I cry every day. But think how much God cries! We have a God who weeps. . .so I cry a lot and always have. But I also laugh a lot too.”
Tears are a gift from God, expressing what words cannot express. Tears are a form of prayer, flowing from a deeper well. Hope is found in tears for where tears are, God is. If the story of Lazarus ended with the line “Jesus wept” it would offer hope enough.
Hope builds on hope as Jesus offers real tears, and then speaks life to death. Through the boldness of Jesus “we gain the courage,” writes David Lose, “not to deny death, but to defy its ability to overshadow and distort our lives.” This Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM Eastern on live stream and later on demand, we will overflow with songs, prayers and words of eternal hope.
In preparation for Sunday, I invite you to join me in reflecting on this verse from Revelation 21:3: “God will be fully present among the people. The Most High will wipe away every tear from their eyes. And death, mourning, crying and pain will be no more, for the old order has fallen.”
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Dwayne Johnson
Senior Pastor, MCCDC
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“God, what is it You want to do through me, financially?”
Prayer from Clara Carter:
Dear God, thank you for the opportunities to give generously of our financial gifts, as well sharing our talents and time with Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC. We are “full to the brim” with Your Spirit and overflowing with anticipation as we share our prosperity in a Christian community “without borders.” We pray to continue being a blessing to others and to do so with a cheerful heart. Lord, help us to trust you in all things. In your many names, we thank you. Amen!
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Related: Click here to review our denomination’s 2021 annual report. It highlights of the many ways that MCC and its ministries are making a difference in a hurting world.
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
• Glenn Conway’s cousin Trey • Rev, Dennis Johnson • Delores Fowler •Dale Madyun-Baskerville’s brother, Mike Washington • Tim Helm • Maria Hill • Evelyn Jones • Bob Jones & son Chuck & wife Karen • Jerry Giem & son, Jason & nephew, Travis • Dr. Veronica Franklin for healing • Valeria Myers’ children Chantelle & Donald • Michelle Lax • George Kerr, III • Kim Battle • Randy Punley • Rose Williams’ healing •Lynn Sulyma •Marcus Garnett •Renee Valentine & brother •Arden Shutt •Steve Sloane •Glenn Conrad •Anthony Goode •Jeffrey Luckenbach •Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa • Denita Madyun-Baskerville and family as they celebrate the life of Dorothy McCarter •Mark Kelly •Joshua Benkins’ health of Isaac David Benkins, father •Elaine Durden-Hunter healing for her dog, Angel •Angela Terrell •Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline T.Green •Donna and Karen Payne-Hardy at the death of Donna ‘s mother • Jason family at the death of his mother Sheryl Jedlinski• Cecilia Hayden-Smith for healing from upcomming medical procedure • Cecilia Hayden-Smith for Granny comfort and a painless transitioning • Esther Smith for continue health •Angela Dodd needs prayer for healing.•Cameron & Sabrina Beauford need prayer for the health of their unborn baby.
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Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
Come dance for God! No experience needed. Email Cathy Batson at email@example.com for more information. Check out past performances on our YouTube channel, including “I Can Only Imagine” (April 2019) and “Mighty River”(February 2018).
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