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Friday worship made disabled feel welcome

Date 21 Jun 2002 16:08:29 -0400

Note #7319 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:


Friday worship made disabled feel welcome

by Jane Hines

COLUMBUS, OH - Using the parable of the Great Banquet, the Friday morning preacher, Brett Webb-Mitchell, urged Presbyterians to catch up with society and take the message of the parable to heart in welcoming those with disabilities. Who invited them? "God invited them", said the preacher. "There is a place prepared for all of us by the Host of Heaven," he concluded.

Stories of unexpected epiphanies that happen when opposites are brought together were told by Webb-Mitchell. He said it can happen in a camp setting in the mountains when able and disabled  people come together or it can happen when a chef combines different ingredients or an artist combines opposite colors. "When God mixes two opposites together, anything goes," he said.

Music for the service was provided by Worthington Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Ohio. The Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell is assistant professor of Christian Nurture, Duke Divinity School.
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