July 9, 2017: Why such fear and hate?

Posted on : Jul 6th, 2017 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday we have a very special opportunity. Vicki Tamoush will be our guest preacher.  Vicki was awarded the Orange County Human Relations award for her education and compassion with interfaith communities as we struggle to understand and find ways to act justly, particularly right now in Syria.  If you missed our video intro to Vicki, click here to watch it.

Many of us feel so helpless and depressed when we hear the news of Syrian refugees both in other countries and here in the US. The conflict in Syria sounds complex to us and the factions seem to change faster than we can learn about them. Most of the time we feel tempted to just turn our heads and look away because it’s almost too horrible to think about.

Vicki Tamoush, a Syrian American Christian, will speak to us about one group of Syrian refugees living in a remote camp in Lebanon and another group of Syrian refugees right here in our local community. She will bring pictures of the refugee camp receiving a shipment of supplies purchased with donations from a fundraiser held in Costa Mesa in February.

Bring your open heart, your doubts and fears, and your questions and get to know a little about Syrian refugees here and abroad.

Blessings,

Dan & George Lynch

 

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Micah 6: 1-8

Hear what our God says:
    Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
    and let the hills hear your voice.
Hear, you mountains, the controversy of our God,
    and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for God has a controversy with God’s people,
    and God will contend with Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you?
    In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
    and redeemed you from the house of slavery;
and I sent before you Moses,
    Aaron, and Miriam.
O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,
    what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
    that you may know the saving acts of God.”

“With what shall I come before the Holy One
    and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
Will the God be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn child for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
God has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does our God require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

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