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You are invited to participate in the next study of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group based on the book The Phoenix Affirmations by Eric Elnes. A limited number of books are available for purchase ($4.50) at church. Click here for the reading schedule.
Steeped deeply in the words of Jesus and built on the three great loves that the Bible reveals, love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self, the twelve affirmations were first penned by a group of clergy and laypeople from Phoenix, AZ, (with added input from pastors, theologians, and biblical scholars from every mainline denomination and seminary—including Luther Seminary). They revolve around commitments to environmental stewardship, social justice, and artistic expression as well as openness to other faiths. Scholars and church leaders point to them as a sign of the beginning of an "emerging Christian faith" for the 21st century that offers tolerance, joy, and compassion in stark contrast to the culture wars that have often characterized modern Christianity.
The study will begin on Tuesday, August 30. Breakfast is on Pr. Peter for first time guests!
Messiah's Tuesday morning small group meets at 6:00am at Panera Bread on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, each session begins with prayer and the study ends when the first group member has to leave for work, usually around 7:05am. The group meets throughout the year and regularly alternates between reading a book of the Bible over several weeks and reading interesting contemporary works by Christian authors. Previous guided readings have included The Jesus I Never Knew (© 1994) by Philip Yancey, Pastrix (© 2013) by Nadia Bolz-Weber, Searching for Sunday (© 2015) by Rachel Held Evans, Awaiting the Already by Magrey R. deVega, A World Awaits, selected readings by C.S. Lewis, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest (© 2013) by Alan Fadling, God is in the Manger (© 2010) collected letters and writings by Dietrich Bonheoffer, Sabbath as Resistance (© 2014) by Walter Brueggemann, Jesus, The Final Days (© 2009) by Craig Evans and N.T. Wright, The Prodigal God (© 2011) by Tim Keller, and Take this Bread (© 2008) by Sara Miles.