Listening for God's Call - Rebecca Withington


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A little about me and my theology as I seek a church community to serve.


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Listening for God’s Call:

Listening for God’s Call Rebecca Withington August, 2011

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Comm unity union

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union Comm Bread & cup

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Bread Daily

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Fresh, healthy, whole foods for the health of the world

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Bread for the journey

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Monday, May 16, 2011 Bread for the Journey - May 22 Reflection on Acts 7:55-60 for Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 Last week in Acts we read about the idyllic Christian community, where followers “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers,” where “they had all things in common,” where “day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” In a reversal that calls to mind the familiar Easter pattern of Palm Sunday to Good Friday, this week hearers of Stephen’s vision of the glory of God and Jesus deliberately cover their ears, intentionally shutting out word of the good news. Stephen’s words also echo those of Jesus on the cross: “Into your hands, I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46). “Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) Stephen stepped out boldly and gave the kind of witness we might be shy of proclaiming even if the stakes were just personal embarrassment rather than life and death. The witnesses to his prophetic vision dragged him off, then stripped off their coats and laid them on the ground, the better to stone him. And Saul, who had not yet had his fateful encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, stood by, a silent and presumably tacitly approving witness. To be ordained by the United Church of Christ to preach and teach the gospel, to administer the sacraments and rites of the Church, and to exercise pastoral care and leadership.

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“There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” – Mahatma Gandhi “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where [s]he found bread.” – D.T. Niles

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Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life

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bread life

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