Wednesday, May 31

Almost Weekly Update

In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. - Acts 2:17


Our brother, St. Peter, spoke these words from the prophet Joel to those who witnessed Christ's followers speaking in tongues. What seems to be drunkenness is not. What appears foolish is not. Peter interprets events and scripture to bring the truth to light. Interpretation is one facet of the communication that takes place within the community of gathered faithful. In this, Peter is following Christ's example:


Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you--that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled."

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures - Luke 24:44-45

Interpretation is the act of a community. It is the dialog between those of us who gather as Christ's body...a conversation with one another and with God who is the living Word. As week study and learn, preach and sing, praise and pray, give and work we interpret God's word. In this way we are always interpreting scripture. In this way we are like Christ, a living Word.


Announcements:


We will not be meeting at North Shore Baptist Church for Bible study this week. Instead we will be gathering at the Fourth Presbyterian Church for a special event. Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, a widely sought-after preacher, teacher, and lecturer, has been invited to be the Theologian in Residence at Fourth Presbyterian.


Wednesday, May 31, 2006
7:30 p.m., on “Ancient Prophets of Israel as Contemporary Voices of Faith”

126 E. Chestnut St. in Chicago

(Michigan Ave. and Chestnut St.)


Larry Kampohausen, our Covenant pastor, will be giving an iconography workshop.

Saturday, July 15 at 10:00am

Sliding Scale fee: $15-$10 suggested per class (no one will be turned away)
Classes hosted by Wicker Park Grace @ Acme Art Works
1741 N Western Ave in Chicago

Please register in advance to nsawyer /at/ wickerparkgrace.net, or by calling 312-399-2081.