Sunday, December 11, 2011

Obamas Spend "Stir It Up" Sunday at St. John's, Lafayette Square

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family attended a worship service Sunday morning at an Episcopal church just across the street from the White House where presidents frequently have visited.

The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia made the short walk across Lafayette Square to St. John's Church.

The sermon by Rev. Dr. Luis Leon was based on the story of John the Baptist, who told the religious leaders he was neither the Messiah nor the prophet, but a voice calling in the wilderness.

Leon likened the story to the president and the expectations Americans may have of him. People have illusions about the nation and about God, the pastor said, and urged the congregation to open its eyes not "to the God we have created, but to who he really is," he said.

Read the rest here. (So how did YOUR preacher "stir it up" today? Or not?)


Kelli Grace said...

I said in my world the words "stir up" are usually followed by the word "trouble" and then asked if that was so with John. In a way, yes . . .

Ann said...

yes - just watching the video of them walking to church - my the girls have grown up. I felt so happy seeing them walking to church - made me cry.