In conjunction with the upcoming 6-week “God’s Politics” sermon series (Oct. 16 – Nov. 20), members of both St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square and Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (Lincoln Square) are being invited to an “inter-parish” study of Jim Wallis‘ book of the same name.
Even now, a year out from the next presidential election, the country is feeling the familiar pull of partisan politics, always calling us to find fault with those with whom we disagree and dividing the nation along lines of race, class, education, immigration, religion, age and every other form of experience.
While the church should never align itself with any political party or candidate, it shouldn’t shy away from speaking into the public square on matters of the common good. As Christians we follow a savior who frequently confronted the religious and political authorities of his day, calling for both to organize themselves around the needs of those living with the least. In this, Jesus stood in the long tradition of the prophets of Israel who loved their nation, and still called it to repent and realign itself with God’s vision of healing, reconciliation and liberation for all of Creation.
Therefore, both St. Luke’s and Luther Memorial will be reading and reflecting on the Revised Common Lectionary texts for late October and November through the lens of the role of faith in public life, especially during a time of election. We are looking for members of both congregations to take part in small group studies of “God’s Politics” the book as a way of strengthening our bonds with the wider church and practicing the Christian discipline of hospitality that make participation in the larger “body politic” possible.
God’s Politics // Worship and Sermon Series // Sunday, Oct. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011
“God’s Politics” Inter-Parish Book Study // Wednesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 16, 2011 // 6ish – 8ish (depending on the needs of those who pre-register)
To register for the inter-parish book study, contact Pastor Erik.