Have you ever walked into a worship service knowing that it was hard to focus – too many things swirling around in your heart? That is exactly how I felt on epiphany Sunday when I walked into North Scottsdale UMC. The press release from the Council of Bishops was two days old.
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It was a blessing listening to the many people who participated in this year’s congregational meetings. We asked how God was experienced in your church, what you pray the people of your church are known for in the community. As we enter this holy season, I find myself praying the following prayer, taken from the words you shared when I was with you.
It was an odd thing to say at that particular moment in time. Jesus was in the temple teaching when a group of church leaders brought a woman to him, threw her down on the ground before him and announced that she had been caught committing adultery.