7/28/19 – Divine Beauty

Posted on : Jul 24th, 2019 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Jim Burklo as our guest minister.  Jim is the Senior Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC.  Jim’s ministry has always been with young adults.  Before coming to USC, he was a dean of religious life at Stanford.  He’s a great social activist and spiritual guide for generations of young adults!

This Sunday he will be speaking about “Divine Beauty.”  He writes, “Beauty is seductive, attractive, distracting, elusive.  Beauty can empower and it can disempower.  What is the place of beauty in Christian spiritual practice? 

Jim preached here last summer.  It’s great to welcome him back!



Job 37: 14-24

“Hear this, O Job;
    stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
Do you know how God lays God’s command upon them,
    and causes the lightning of God’s cloud to shine?
Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
    the wondrous works of the one whose knowledge is perfect,
you whose garments are hot
    when the earth is still because of the south wind?
Can you, like God, spread out the skies,
    hard as a molten mirror?
Teach us what we shall say to God;
    we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
Should he be told that I want to speak?
    Did anyone ever wish to be swallowed up?
Now, no one can look on the light
    when it is bright in the skies,
    when the wind has passed and cleared them.
Out of the north comes golden splendor;
    around God is awesome majesty.
The Almighty—we cannot find God;
    God is great in power and justice,
    and abundant righteousness God will not violate.
Therefore mortals fear God;
    God does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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