Prophecy

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IN THE WAKE of one of the most polarizing and brutal presidential elections in U.S. history, Foundry Church grappled with our call to provide prophetic leadership. What does it mean to be prophetic? This question is important 
in any age, but takes on particular urgency as we witness 
some among our newly elected officials behaving and maneuvering in ways that absolutely contradict the Kin-dom values espoused by the prophetic tradition and fulfilled 
in Jesus of Nazareth.

               Foundry United Methodist Church is committed to the prophetic work of being a community of love, inclusion, mercy, peace, and justice. We exist as an alternative, countercultural community, grounded in the sacred story 
of God’s saving love, guided by prophetic truth, and strengthened in hope through Jesus. We know that the journey is ongoing; the struggle in which we are engaged is long and challenging. Bigotry, greed, demonization, fear, and violence are not easily overcome. 
But we believe that God is always working for good in the world. We believe God will never leave nor forsake us. 
 We believe that we are called to participate with 
God in the work of love and justice.

               This requires that we continue to be a vital community of worship, proclamation, prayer, study, radical hospitality, stewardship, and service. These practices 
form and strengthen us to bear the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23). To live so formed is a powerful aspect of prophetic witness.

Prophetic witness—sharing in God’s work in the world—also requires a “shared willingness to engage in gestures of resistance and acts of deep hope.”1 To accomplish this, in addition to our existing ministries of direct service and advocacy, Foundry has created a Sacred Resistance Ministry Team for the purpose of identifying, vetting, and publicizing weekly actions of protest and resistance. By this we hope 
to both encourage and support a sustained prophetic response to policy makers and power brokers by people of faith and conscience. To learn more and to engage visit www.foundryumc.org/resist.

               This booklet is provided as a resource along the way, a reminder both of our call and of the resources of our spiritual tradition that give us sustenance for the journey. These words are a fitting prayer for the living of these days:

 

For the healing of the nations,

Lord, we pray with one accord,

for a just and equal sharing

of the things that earth affords.

To a life of love in action

help us rise and pledge our word.

 

You, Creator God, have written

your great name on humankind;

for our growing in your likeness

bring the life of Christ to mind;

that by our response and service

earth its destiny may find.2

 

Lord, in your mercy, receive our prayer.

 

 

Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli

Senior Pastor

Foundry United Methodist Church

Washington, DC

Season after the Epiphany, 2017

 

 

 

 

1  Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination, Second Edition, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001, p. xvii.

 

2  Fred Kaan, “For the Healing of the Nations,” The United Methodist Hymnal, stanzas 1 and 4, #428.