For Eastertide, we will be reading through Fr. Stephen Freeman’s book Everywhere Present – Christianity in a One-storey Universe. One of the central tenants of our faith is that God does not reside in a place up there called heaven, like Zeus on Mt. Olympus or Odin in Asgard. Rather, every Sunday we join our voices with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, and proclaim that “heaven and earth are full of God’s glory.” Paul tells us that God is not far from any one of us for in him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:27-28, Col 1:17. Or as Jesus teaches: The kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21.
The human problem is our lack of perception of God as a living and active presence in our lives. To truly live, the branch needs to have the awareness of its connection to the vine. In his book, Fr. Freeman hopes to open our eyes more fully to this Reality and to lead us into a deeper communion with the One who Is.
We plan to slowly open back up our small group meetings with attendance limited to twelve people. If you want to attend in person, please email me back and let me know. Because of the space limitation, I do ask that you commit to being in person every Tuesday for the next seven weeks.
Where can I go from your spirit?Psalm 139:7-10
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.