This week in Worship
In 1941 C.S. Lewis wrote this brief satirical novel in the form of letters from a devil named Screwtape, who is acting as a mentor to his nephew, Wormwood, an inexperienced tempter. Screwtape gives Wormwood advice on methods of undermining faith and promoting sin, and interspersed are observations on human nature and Christian doctrine.
Although Lewis makes clear in the preface he doesn't believe in a literal Devil-a singular force of evil opposed to God-he does believe in "devils", that is, multiple forces that seek to turn us away from good. It's not 1941 and we are not living in a satirical novel, but we are facing temptations that are trying to turn us away from our best selves. There are forces at play that seek to lower the bar to the level of the crass and egoistic.
Let's gather during Lent to delve into this book, get to know one another better in a book group, and learn about our faith.
5:30pm Saturday; Sunday 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:59am at 20th & D Streets
Just what is God’s motive for creating humans? What is God’s endgame here? In The Screwtape Letters, this is the profound mystery that all the forces of evil cannot muster up an explanation. All the devils know that God’s self-described motive is Love. But, “Love” is nonsensical in their dark logic and so they discredit it as a smokescreen for God's real motive. Could Love be the real origin of our existence? If so, what does that tell us about our future with God?
9:30am Sunday, First-Plymouth East (Kloefkorn Elementary, 6601 Glass Ridge Dr)
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Sunday, 7:00pm at Brewsky's Haymarket (201 N. 8th St) with a message from Patrick Messer and live music by Andrea von Kampen.
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