Published on November 1st, 2013 | by ABCUSA0
WCC Assembly Day 3 – Friday, 11/1/13
ABCUSA General Secretary A. Roy Medley is currently attending the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, taking place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from October 30-November 8, 2013. Periodically, he will share updates with the American Baptist family, made available at www.abc-usa.org. Photos used with permission from Joanna Lindén-Montes/World Council of Churches.
World Council of Churches Assembly Day 3, Friday, November 1, 2013
What Fed Me Today
Today we focused on Amos 5:14-24 and were asked, “Where do we see hope?” There is a woman from Syria in our Bible study group and another of the group turned to her and asked, “Where do you see hope in in Syria. She responded with almost a whisper, “In such circumstances one must draw closer to God. I see hope when in our church we reach out in our extremity to help each other, when we refuse to hate.
A prayer: “O God of life, lead us to justice and peace, that suffering people may discover hope, the scarred world find healing, and divided churches become visibly one, through the one who prayed for us, and in whom we are one body, your Son Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, is worthy to be praised, one God, now and forever. Amen”
What Challenged Me Today
The prophet Amos. As my small group reflected on this morning’s passage (Amos 5:14-24) some of the responses that were offered were: Worship can become acculturated and perpetuate the very things God protests against. God protests ritual without compassion and justice. Our main worship is in doing justice. We set up barriers to inclusion. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Why are we silent?
Notes from a sermon by a Filipina pastor: “Justice is not jurisprudence; it is the affirmation of life.” “Human indifference and insensibility contribute to the suffering of thousands.”
What Was New Today
Greetings from the president of the World Pentecostal Fellowship who expressed his thanksgiving for the things that are bringing us closer to one another as churches from the Pentecostal tradition and those related to the WCC. “This is the time for us to be more open to one another.”
This weekend, the majority of the delegates will travel via the bullet train to Seoul as we continue to pray for the unity of this divided country and to worship with congregations there. Our meetings recommence on Monday.
A. Roy Medley