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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
There is a parable in Luke's gospel known as the story the widow and the unjust judge. (Luke 18:1-8). It starts out with Jesus' call to his disciples to pray without losing heart, then moves into the parable.
The judge in the story is a man who neither fears God nor respects people. If he did he would live by the code of the Hebrew Scriptures, and the laws that say that widows and orphans shall be cared for, and protected by those in the community with the power to do so. Yet, this judge is a man who lacks a moral code; he is focused on using his power for his own gain. He seems to operate with impunity.
The widow represents the vulnerable people of the day; the marginalized and victimized by those who had power and abused it. Her actions with the judge, the repeated visits, crying out for justice ... those are persistent, active acts of prayer.
God is present in the widow's persistent cries for justice. Her persistence brings transformation for the judge, and for her situation of suffering and injustice. There is hope. God is in the hope.
Who are we in the story? Are we the judge? Are we people who use the power of our position in the world to our own gain? Or do we strive for the common good, like the widow, who sees injustice in the world and persistently seeks change, and hope for a new tomorrow?
Let us pray that God's wisdom will guide us on the path of justice, and that we will follow faithfully.
Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
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Heb 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
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From our Conference President
Alberta and Northwest Conference President, Rev. Paul Walfall, encourages us to pray with our brothers and sisters affected by the hurricane's devastation.
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