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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 13, 2021

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MONDAY, September 13                  Cyprian of Carthage

1 Corinthians 1:10c That you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.

Speaking to a group in Washington, D.C. in early 2020, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was asked about the future of the church in the face of decline. This is what he said:

“The crisis facing our church may be our Good Friday. It may be time to let go of some things that have served us well in the past. And we should give God thanks for those things. But it may be time for them to die. In order for the sun to rise on Easter morning, we must harness all our creative resources and come together to serve Jesus, not ourselves. We must collaborate in order to serve the movement, not to save the institution.”

Like all humans, Christians are quite adept at finding the things that divide us from each other. So how do we flourish as a community? We follow the wisdom of Saint Paul and Bishop Curry: we keep the main thing the main thing. We dig into our purpose first and our preferences second. And what is our purpose? The movement of Jesus and his way of love.

MOVING FORWARD: What does it mean to serve the movement of Jesus first, and the institution of the church second?

Pray for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

Ps 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65 | 1 Kings 21:1-16 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-19 | Matthew 4:1-11

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