In our Sunday gatherings we have been working through The Journey, the sending of the 72 by Jesus found in Luke 10:1-20. Last Sunday we came to verse 5, “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.'” We learned that Jesus took this familiar greeting and filled it with power and mission. In John 20, on the evening of the first Easter Sunday, Jesus came into a locked, anxiety filled house and said, “Peace be with you!”. Then after showing them his crucifixion wounds he said it again, “Peace be with you!”
There is much to say about this greeting, but to be brief let’s simply see that Jesus makes this greeting actual. He brings peace to turmoil and anxiety. This is what you and I, as followers of Jesus, are commissioned to do. We are to lead with peace. I admit that often I choose to lead with other things. I lead with defensiveness, with the need to be right, with a good argument.
I am serving as a member of the board for AllOne Community Services. As part of my board role I am the coach and supervisor for Linda Jo who is the program director for the Community of Hope. COH is a ministry of the church of North Portland to serve homeless moms and their kids. We house them in Hope House which is a transitional residence. I have watched Linda Jo over the last several weeks as she walks into Hope House, which often is a house filled with drama and anxiety. Linda Jo leads with peace. I am amazed at her ability to meet complaint and shouting with a direct conversation, a lowered voice and a calm demeanor. She helps me to understand what Jesus means by leading with peace.
You and I are not rescued by God in order to live separately from the drama. We are called to enter houses (families, work places, neighborhoods, coffee shops) which need to experience God’s peace. Jesus says, “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.'” How will God show me how I am to do this, this week?
This Sunday at 11 am, we continue in The Journey. We meet to bring peace to each other and to prepare to spread peace in our community.
Thursday Evening Meal for the Hungry
As always you are welcome to come and serve at this meal at Rivergate. We are blessed to be able to provide this meal in partnership with our dear friends at Rivergate Community Church. We do this every Thursday at 5:00. If you can help, please come early and we will let you in since the doors don’t open until 5:00.