another quote I used in yesterday’s sermon…

Bonhoeffer made it into yesterday’s sermon – a statement I found in a Willimon book about the strange thing that happens in remembered story – what the church immerses itself in and becomes immersed in (on a good day!)
“We become a part of what once took place for our salvation.  Forgetting and losing ourselves, we, too, pass through the Red Sea, through the desert, across the Jordan into the Promised Land.  With Israel we fall into doubt and unbelief and through punishment and repentance we experience godly reality.  We are torn out of our existence and set down in the midst of the holy history of God on earth.  There God deals with us, and there he still deals with us, our needs and our sins, in judgement and grace… we are the reverent listeners and participants in God’s action in the sacred story, the history of Christ on earth.”
[from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together 1953]

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