What is happening in this scripture?
Ecclesiastes is a book in the wisdom tradition in the Old Testament. It’s written from the perspective of Qohelet. While not much is really known about this author for sure, it appears that Qohelet was a teacher whose teachings and sayings have been preserved for us in the book of Ecclesiastes. These verses depict a rhythmic nature to life and history that recognizes the good and the bad, the ups and the downs.
Summer Mix Tape:
This week is my turn to pick the scripture, so Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is my favorite. This Sunday, I will dive deeper into why this is one of my favorite passages. I’ve enjoyed diving deeper into this scripture and look forward to sharing some of what I’ve explored this week. The more I dig into these 14 contrasting seasons, the more I love this passage and the message that it tells about God’s love for us.
Last night (Thursday), UUMC’s Monday Night Small Group and Dinner Club took the Project Transformation interns out for a night of relaxation. These 8 interns work hard every day with students, teaching them about reading, sharing God’s love, and helping them to grow mentally and spiritually throughout the summer. This is the third and final “Intern R&R Night” of the summer. The first R&R night, the interns went bowling. On the second, they were treated to dinner and a movie by some of our members. So, last night, we took them to play whirlyball. If you’ve never heard of whirlyball, it’s like a combination of lacrosse and basketball that takes place while driving bumper cars. Check out our Facebook page for some pictures. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that I had a blast (and it looked like they all did too)!
What I’ve been up to this week:
This week, I’ve been back at school. For those who don’t know, I’m attending Brite Divinity School. This week, I’ve been taking a class on evangelism. In this class, we’ve been thinking about questions surrounding how we share the good news of Jesus Christ in the modern world that seems to be increasingly divisive and unconcerned with God and the Church. It has sparked a lot of great conversation and I can’t wait to continue exploring the announcement of the good news at the corner of Berry St. and Forest Park in Fort Worth!
Quote to ponder:
In class this week, we were encouraged to try to summarize the Gospel in 7 words or less. While it feels a bit odd to share a quote of myself in a section entitled “quote to ponder,” I wanted to share what I came up with. I wrote, “God’s grace-filled love: transforming, ever-present, abundant, incarnational.” If you were to try to summarize your understanding of the Gospel, of the good news of Jesus Christ, in 7 words or less, what would you say? Try it! And if you do, I hope you’ll post it in the comments to the 5-Point Friday posting on University UMC’s Facebook page!