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Welcome to the Pastor’s Corner, and welcome to the website of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn! We hope that you will find here helpful resources for your spiritual journey.
That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
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And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 3:14)

 

Message From the Pastor
July/August 2018

In Jungian psychology, our “shadow” side represents the unacceptable parts of ourselves, the aspects of our nature that we don’t express because of shame. What happens with our shadow material is that we disown it, hide it, and, since it won’t stay locked away for good, project it onto others.  Because those parts of us lie dormant, we are left less than whole.  Jesus was instinctively aware of our tendency to disown and project our shadow material onto others. The way he put it is that we notice the speck in other people’s eyes while ignoring the log
in our own.
But Carl Jung, and Jesus a long while before him, was also aware that sometimes what’s in our “shadow” isn’t “dark” at all. Sometimes it is not our shortcomings and defects of character that we are burying away, but our gifts, talents and even our calling. Sometimes it is the positive aspects of ourselves we’ve rejected because they shine too brightly, and we may have learned growing up that we were not meant to shine.  Jung referred to this as the “Golden Shadow.”
Early in Mark’s Gospel, the disciples were given the authority to cast out demons (3:15).  But when Jesus got them in the boat and said, “let’s take it to the limit” (4:35), his disciples flinched. They projected on him alone this power that belonged also to them.  Because he was gracious enough to carry not only their negative, but also their positive projections, Jesus calmed the storm.  But he invites us at every juncture to own the power he has
given us.
When we disown our power by telling Jesus that all we have are a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, he tells us to feed the people. When we tell him about the racial animus in our country that makes nobodies out of those whom he created to be somebodies, he tells us to cast it out. When we tell him about all the division in our land between red and blue states- and states of soul- he tells us to heal it. When we tell him about the painful lies that are being spoken by those at the highest echelons of power, he tells us to rebuke them.  When we witness our Bible being used to curse rather than to bless, as when it is used to justify slavery or misogyny or, most recently, the inhumane separation of children from parents fleeing the violence in their countries as if from a burning building, he tells us to name, unmask and engage such powers. When we tell him that the storms raging through our land are interrupting our proclamation that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ, he tells us to silence them.
Scripture teaches us that we are always at risk of disowning not only that which is dark in us, the burden of our sin, but also what is light in us, the weight of our glory. The psalmist, reflecting on the ordering of the universe, asked, “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings, and crowned him with glory and honor.  You made him ruler over the works of your hand; you put everything under his feet?” (Ps. 8:5; Heb. 2:7).   
What was true of Jesus is becoming true even of us.  In John’s Gospel, Jesus puts it this way, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these” (John 14:12).
Like the disciples in Mark’s Gospel, we sometimes project indifference onto Jesus.  But we discover it is not really God who is sleeping. We ourselves are the ones in need of awakening from lower self to Higher Self, the self we are in God. The good news, as John O’Donohue has put it is that “It is impossible to be on earth and to avoid awakening.  Everything that happens within and around you calls your heart to awaken…. Your soul continually coaxes you to give way to the light and awaken… to be fully present to your life, to live to the full, the one life that has been given you. “
But for those of us who are struggling with our golden shadow, Marianne Williamson reminds us, “You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 
This summer, let us, at Jesus’ prompting take it to the limit.

See you in church.
Pastor Fred

        

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016

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