21 Apr 2014
A touchstone is something used as a guide. Touchstones are actual things – finely grained stones used in ancient cultures to test the purity of metals, like gold. Rub a piece of gold against a touchstone, it leaves a mark. When that mark’s color is compared to previously-established marks, you can judge the metal’s purity and value. Matthew Arnold was the first to use the word in a literary sense – modern poems, he said, held up to classic passages from antiquity, could be compared for their relative quality. You get the idea. A touchstone is a tool used to guide discernment, to help gauge the value of something of indeterminate value.
What are the touchstones in a life of faith? Are there things that we use, against which we rub our own sometimes beautiful, sometimes fickle faith? What touchstones does the church provide to guide us in discerning our life’s path?
During Easter season, NDPC will explore touchstones for life. Worship is at 8:30am and 11am.
April 27th – Bible: The role of the Bible in daily life; Rev. Lewicki, preaching
May 4th – Sacrament: Ordinary objects made holy; Melissa Tidwell, intern, preaching; Holy Communion
May 11th – Lord & Savior: Interpreting ancient creeds; Rev. Lewicki, preaching
May 18th – Mystery: Loving what we cannot know; Rev. Lewicki, preaching
May 25th – Contemplation: Finding quiet; Rev. Lewicki, preaching
June 1st – Activism: The power for change; Rev. Lewicki, preaching; Holy Communion
June 8th – Beloved Community: Others are essential; Pentecost; Rev. Lewicki, preaching; Holy Communion