Sunday Worship

Date: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:00
Scripture: 

Exodus 1:15-20                                    The Inclusive Bible

Pharaoh spoke to the midwives of the Hebrews—one was Shiphrah, and the other Puah—and said, “When you assist the Hebrew women in childbirth, examine them on the birthing stool.  If the baby is a boy, kill it.  If it is a girl, let it live.’

But the midwives were God-fearing women, and they ignored the Pharaoh’s instructions, and let the males babies live.  So Pharaoh summoned the midwives and asked why they let the male babies live.  The midwives responded, “These Hebrew women are different from Egyptian women; they are more robust, and deliver even before the midwife arrives.”  God rewarded the midwives, and the people increased in numbers and in power.

Contemporary Reading --from the Göttingen Manifesto

      Our profession, i.e. pure science and its application, through which we bring many young people into our fold, leaves us with the responsibility for the potential effects of these actions. Therefore we cannot remain silent to all political issues. We align ourselves with the freedom that the Western world represents against Communism. We cannot deny the fear of the H-bomb contributes to the maintenance of peace in the whole world, and freedom in part of the world. However this form of peace and freedom is in the long term untenable, and the collapse of this situation is potentially deadly. We have no expertise to make concrete political suggestions to the Superpowers. We believe that a small country such as West Germany is best protected, and world peace most assisted when nuclear weapons of any type are banned. In any case, none of the undersigned are prepared to participate in the creation, testing or deployment of any type of nuclear weapon. April 12, 1957

 

These are challenging times.  During worship from September 10 through Oct 1, we will explore the stories of people whose courage is inspiring and hope renewing.  We also invite those who gather on Sunday morning to contribute to a congregational witness for hope by writing their own examples of hope which they have witnessed in recent days. We will have paper feathers on which you may write your examples of hope. The feather imagery is taken from Emily Dickinson's poetry: "Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul..." 

The Portraits of Hope for this series will be:

           Sept 10 -- The 18 Nuclear Scientists who signed the Gottingen Manifesto

           Sept 17 --  Ida B Wells

           Sept 24 -- Bishop Karen Oliveto

           Oct 1   --  Martin Luther King, Jr

Sermon Title: 
"Portraits of Hope: The 18 Scientists Who Signed the Goettingen Manifesto""