Continuing our look at Paul’s letter to the Romans in God’s Greater Story, we rejoice in being joined to the people of God.

ULC & Living Water will use The Annunciation and Expulsion from Paradise by Giovani di Paolo di Grazia to examine Romans 9:1-13.

St. Luke-Ann Arbor will hear a message from Jonathan Petzold in which he will explore C.S. Lewis’ book, The Silver Chair.

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law,the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the Giovanni_di_Paolo_The_Annunciation_and_Expulsion_from_Paradiseflesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. For this is what the promise said:“About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”


The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis is available for purchase at

The Silver Chair