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‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’

YouTube Preview ImageWe’ve joined our church family Down Under this Lent as we pray the Lord’s Prayer all the way to Easter. Here’s Dr Ben Myers, Lecturer in Systematic Theology at United Theological College reflecting on the phrase ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’.

God At The Center

Bonhoeffer

I find all this talk about human limits questionable. (Can even death, since people hardly fear it now, or sin, which people hardly even comprehend now, still be called genuine “limits?”) I always have the feeling we are merely fearfully trying to save room for God; I would rather speak of God at the center than at the limits, in strength rather than in weakness, and thus in human life and goodness rather than in death and guilt.      

                                                                                                                                 (Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Eberhard Bethge Tegel prison, April 30, 1944)

Love Supreme

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Sunday 30 March 2014

John Coltrane was a part of our reflection time today. At least one time a week our faith community gathers to reflect on what we’ve read in the Bible that week.

Today the musical contribution, John Coltrane’s, “Love Supreme”, was presented by Ralf Schwarz (jazz musician and part of our faith community). So after our reflection on Scripture, we listened to Love Supreme.

If you’ve never taken the opportunity to listen to Love Supreme, find time to do so.

Here’s an excerpt from Coltrane’s liner notes for the album:

DEAR LISTENER: ALL PRAISE BE TO GOD TO WHOM ALL PRAISE IS DUE.  Let us pursue Him in the righteous path. Yes it is true; “seek and ye shall find.” Only through Him can we know the most wondrous bequeathal.

During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music. I feel this has been granted through His grace. ALL PRAISE TO GOD. 

As time and events moved on, a period of irresolution did prevail. I entered into a phase which was contradictory to the pledge and away from the esteemed path; but thankfully, now and again through the unerring and merciful hand of God, I do perceive and have been duly re-informed of His OMNIPOTENCE, and of our need for, and dependence on Him. At this time I would like to tell you that NO MATTER WHAT … IT IS WITH GOD. HE IS GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL. HIS WAY IS IN LOVE, THROUGH WHICH WE ALL ARE. IT IS TRULY – A LOVE SUPREME – .

This album is a humble offering to Him. An attempt to say “THANK YOU GOD” through our work, even as we do in our hearts and with our tongues. May He help and strengthen all men in every good endeavor.

The music herein is presented in four parts. The first is entitled “ACKNOWLEDGEMENT”, the second, “RESOLUTION”, the third, “PURSUANCE”, and the fourth and last part is a musical narration of the theme, “A LOVE SUPREME” which is written in the context; it is entitled “PSALM”. 

 

3 Worlds Staff Meeting in Rome


Here are a few sights and soundbites from the recent Three Worlds staff meeting in Rome. Kudos to Christian for putting this together for us.

Enjoy!  

-Kelley, Rhonda and Christian

New initiative to teach airline workers how to spot human trafficking on flights.

A Voice for the Voiceless


A BIG THANKS to the crew from photogenX for creating such a powerful message for the voiceless on Kurfürsten Straße!

“Final Solution of the Jewish Question”

Today marks the 70th anniversary for the Wannsee Conference. On January 20th, 1942, fifteen high-ranking Nazi Party and German government officials gathered at a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss and coordinate the implementation of what they called the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.” Although by early 1942, hundreds of thousands had already been murdered, the meeting set in action the systematic murder of 6 million European Jews.

As you read through the bios of those who participated in this meeting you find men who grew up in good homes, going to church, educated, many attaining higher degrees, with families of their own. And yet 70 years ago to this day, the conversations that took place in the villas grand dining hall, reduced a people, created in the image of God, to less-than-human status, leading these fifteen men to the darkest recesses of evil.

Today, German President Christian Wulff said, “This place and the name ‘Wannsee’ has become a symbol for the bureaucratically organized decision between life worth living and life not worth living, for state-organized extermination, for the planned and official systematic killing of Europe’s Jews,”

Sadly, it seems that we, the human race, still have much to learn from this historical event, because many of the conversations that are taking place today echo the same sentiment, branding some of God’s creation “less-than-human.”