*Jack’s Winning Words 10/6/22“When you give food to the poor they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food they call you a communist.” (Dom Helder Camara) Camara, a Brazilian bishop and a proponent of Liberation Theology, is one of my religious heroes, right up there with Martin Luther. He was small in stature, but had a huge heart (especially for the poor). The Church, at times, can be an enigma. It talks about serving people as Jesus did, and, yet it sometimes honors what the world calls, “success.” Do you have any suggestions as to what the Church might do to make it a more welcoming place? …and do you have any suggestions for helping to meet the needs of the poor? ;-) Jack
“Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, ‘Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
“The young boy paused, looked up, and replied ‘Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,’ the youth replied. ‘When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.’
“The old man replied, ‘But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.’
“The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled, and said, ‘It made a difference to that one!’” 0;-) ===JACK: We each can make a difference...positive or negative. This week I heard of someone who was discouraged from becoming a pastor, because she was married to an AG minister. Sad, Sad! ===REV: That reminds me of my experience over in East Detroit (now Eastpoint) before moving over to West Bloomfield . . . I often thought, as I would dare not say it out loud, I wouldn’t be attending that church if I were not it’s pastor . . . Very difficult it was for me those four years as the wealthy church treasure was the ‘go to person’ for any major decision to be made . . . No board meeting unless ‘George’ was present. Then I met Jack Freed of the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church and pastoral life then “got sweeter as the day went by!” 0;-)===JACK: "There's so much bad in the best of us and so much good in the worst of us, that it behooves none of us to speak ill of the rest of us." AG, Lutheran, Catholic or Jewish? Does Jesus care?
FROM BS IN ENGLAND:Once a month we have Cafe Church when we sit around small tables for the service which is informal, discussions etc and lots of cake and coffee. The congregation is different for that service, also we collect food for the food bank===JACK: What a wonderful way "to do church!" There are times when it's refreshing to take a break from tradition. As long as God is invited to be a guest, I'm all for it.