As I said earlier this week, the “Friday-y” week needs a little “Sunday’s Coming” action. Perhaps you share my relief in the accountability that happened on Tuesday. Was it justice? That’s harder to say. But now the work of bringing a Sunday out of the Friday-y nature of the days since May 26 (and frankly for generations before that) begins. Christians are called to bring and be hope in our Friday-y world. What’s next for you? What are you going to do to make the resurrection real in the lives of our siblings who have been oppressed too long? What changes do you need to make to your words, your attitudes and your actions to partner with God in resurrection?
Let me make one simple challenge to you and to me this week. It’s simple. Find a business owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) and buy what they are selling. Maybe it’s a restaurant or a gift shop or an auto repair shop or an accounting firm or a computer sales company or who knows what. Whatever the case, I challenge you, especially when the financial difficulties have been exponentially harder for our BIPOC siblings, to patronize a BIPOC business. At the same time maybe you can begin to build a relationship with the owners so that the encounter isn’t as much transactional as it could be transformational for you. If you challenge yourself in this way, send me a note and tell me about your experience.
I hope you will begin to find some way to be a part of what God is doing to resurrect our communities from the ongoing trauma of systemic racism.
This week launches some new experiences at Eden Prairie United Methodist Church. Thinking people ask really good questions about issues of faith. We want to explore some of those questions to provide answers for both your head and your heart. Our “Grateful Enquirer” series of messages, delivered through online and outdoor worship (same message, different settings) will help you answer your skeptical friends and your own questioning heart. Begin the conversation before Sunday morning and continue it after Sunday morning, creating a cycle of 7 days of worship in your life. You can do that in your friend groups or book clubs or study groups. You can also engage in building our online community of faith by being part of the “Grateful Enquirer Discussion Group” on Eden Prairie UMC's Facebook page.
Sunday, April 25, begins our Outdoor Worship season. Weather permitting, every Sunday for the foreseeable future we will gather outside of the church at 10:30 a.m. We ask you to bring your own chairs, wear a mask, maintain social distance and stay home if you are not feeling well. You can register for worship (and we prefer you do) by clicking the link on the home page. Weather cancellations will also be announced on the home page.