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Living into Worship & Sacrifice
  May 31, 2017
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I have been reflecting on this passage in Romans 12:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – a good, pleasing and perfect will.

Here it calls us to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, for this is your true and proper worship. Have we ever considered what this means for our lives? Our faith practice is beyond the days of sacrificial offerings being laid at the altar. We give our worship to God in praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. Worship and sacrifice is part of the way in which we live in this world. Our stories are something that we embody. There are ways in which our stories embrace us into worship and sacrifice as well as times when our stories bind worship and sacrifice together.

 

This is the story embodied in that of Jesus Christ. The story of God was embodied in the resurrected Christ. This Great Spirit, this Great Power, this Great God, was physically and tangibly with us. That Jesus came embodied was not a mistake to the story of our faith, because what I have come to learn and to know, is that our bodies do the work of living out who we are. Our bodies are a conduit of our worship to God. Our bodies bare the weight of the sacrifice that we live. And so presenting our bodies a living sacrifice as our true worship, is part of a truly transformational Gospel.

 

This quarter’s chapel theme has been embodied faith. So when I began to think about embodied faith and worship as living sacrifice, I am brought again to the woman Mary. Jesus, incarnate, came to life within and through the womb of the body, a woman whom we call Mother of Jesus. This part of Mary’s story was sacrifice, and it was lived out in faith and obedient worship. If we want to think about a literal embodiment of faith, how our bodies may serve as temples of worship and service, or if we want to think about the power of Jesus flowing through our bodies—we should merely think of Mary.

 

We live in a history dominated by cis gendered, white, heterosexual and able bodies that are oppressively marked as normal. And there are some stories for whom their body feels as a sacrifice and tells a counter-narrative. For those, I want you to remember Mary. Our Gospel calls us to love and community that gives value and has a need for all members of the body. Romans 12 goes on to say, “So in Christ we form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” It is evident that Mary sacrificed her body, yet she also lived a life of sacrifice, as a pregnant, unwed woman in a patriarchal and marriage oriented culture. In all of Mary’s sacrifice, she lived as worship to God. Her life was lived counter-cultural in the name of worship. It labored for a transformational love and for community. How then will you worship?

 

Caenisha Warren
JPC Staff



Current Events & Opportunities:

  • June 5th Remembrance Service
    Monday, June 5th @ 10:00 am, SPU, Tiffany Loop
    Join SPU University Ministries for a time of remembrance for the events of June 5th, 2014, and to honor the life of Paul Lee.
  • 2017 Minidoka Pilgrimage
    Thursday, July 6th– Sunday, between $175-$425, scholarships available
    Consider participating in the 15th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage to honor and remember the 13,000 people of Japanese-ancestry who were removed from their homes in the Northwest, and sent to incarceration camps in Twin Falls, Idaho. This will be a great opportunity to pilgrimage alongside former incarcerees and their families, and to learn and ask questions. Registration information can be found here.
  • Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest
    June 10th & 11th, Armory Main Level and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center
    Seattle Center Festál presents Festival Sundiata-Black Arts Fest. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Workshops will also take place. Visits Festival Sundiata’s website for more information.
  • Town Hall Ed & The Seattle Times’ Ed Lab: #EducationSoWhite
    Thursday June 15th, 7:30-9 pm, $5 admission fee
    A panel of dynamic education leaders will examine the impact of the gaps in our schools currently separating students and teachers. The topics that will be fueling this event include: the achievement gap, ideas for solutions in recruiting and retaiing teachers of color, equitable restorative justice practices, the school-to-prison pipeline, inclusion—not just tolerance—for LGBTQ/QPOC teachers and students, and more. Tickets are available here.


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