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Lesson: Matthew 22:15-22
Message: “What do we owe?”
This week, I am reflecting on Pumpkin Patch and I’m amazed at the way that our local community has supported us through buying pumpkins. I confess that my expectations were that few people would come out to the Pumpkin Patch, fearing the spread of COVID. Even so, we felt like it was important to bring some sense of color and joy to the neighborhood and let others know that UPA is still open, if not meeting frequently in person. And wow, has there been a response. People have purchased double the amount of pumpkins in comparison to this time last year! This is a testimony to just how much people need community, a sense of normalcy, and joy of connecting with other people. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have sold pumpkins and have smiled under masks, said kind and encouraging words, and helped people celebrate the season.
This Sunday we’ll be continuing on through the Gospel of Matthew, and we arrive at a moment where the religious authorities try to trap Jesus by asking him a question that has no easy answer. They ask if it’s lawful (the law here referring to the Torah) to pay taxes to the Roman government. There was no easy answer – if Jesus says that they should pay the taxes, then it makes him complicit in the Roman occupation, and this would discredit him. If he says that they should not pay the taxes, then that would draw the attention of the Romans, who might kill him for sedition. This week we’ll look at Jesus’ clever response and what this means for the tender balance between religion and politics in our time and place. It might not be what we expect… and like Jesus’ parables it will require us to think and be wise.
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Grace and peace,
Prelude: “Prelude on the First Tone” Boyvin
Meditation: “Adagio in D” Stanley
Postlude: “Voluntary in D” Stanley
Duet: “God of Many Names” Rowan Suzanne Parker, soprano Camille Hathaway, mezzo
Construction paper, scissors and markers are needed for the lesson. Please join us for a game, lesson and some fun as we talk about Jesus