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The Obamas Go to Church

UPDATE: More pool reports added below.

President Obama is making a rare appearance in church this morning, forsaking the golf course on one of the most beautiful days of the year to go and receive the gospel of St. Luke.

The Obamas walked together out of the White House and across Lafayette Square to St. John’s, the church where presidents have worshiped throughout the years.

Here is the pool report describing the morning’s activity.

The first family left the White House on foot this morning for the 9am choral holy eucharist service and sermon at St John’s Church Lafayette Square.

The Obamas walked out of the residence at 8.49am and crossed the park to the nearby Episcopal church.

The president was wearing a dark suit and held Sasha Obama’s hand. She was wearing a blue dress and cream cardigan. Michelle and Malia Obama were wearing cream-colored dresses. (Check photos for accuracy of descriptions. It’s sunny and pool was at a distance.)

The service sheet doesn’t indicate what the sermon is on but the gospel is Luke 16:1-13, which ends ‘You cannot serve God and wealth.’

Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue in front of White House were closed to the public.

Louise Radnofsky
The Wall Street Journal

From the second pool report.

The sermon was on the Luke passage mentioned in first pool report, the parable of the dishonest steward.

St. John’s rector the Revd. Dr Luis Leon, preaching, said the parable was a complicated one but that he understood it as an instruction to “act shrewdly on behalf of God” and that Luke is advising that listeners make choices about God and that “the time to act is now.”

The Obamas sat a few rows back from the altar, among around 40 worshippers. The first family all went up for communion, led by the president.

The first family left the church by the side door at 10.03am and walked slowly through the park back to the White House.

The sermon also included some reflections on the story as an example of how “Jesus has a sense of humor… he also likes to shock us” and the extent to which “everyone has cut a corner or two.”
Revd. Leon said that for him, an example was accepting a good citizenship award and $50 from the DAR in Rome, Georgia, when he was graduating high school there. “Now the problem was, I wasn’t a citizen,” he said, prompting laughter from the congregation.

Revd. Leon also referenced “The Help”, which he said he’d just finished reading, as an instance where three women in the 1960s south rise above what is expected of them by breaking the rules.

All four members of the family took communion when they went up to the altar.

Sitting with the first family was Joshua Dubois, head of the White House faith and neighborhood partnerships office.

POTUS appeared to share a joke with the rector while leaving the church.

Clothing clarification: First lady was wearing a white dress with flowered pattern and light-colored jacket over it. Malia Obama was wearing a blue dress with flowered pattern and light-colored jacket over it.

10 Responses to The Obamas Go to Church

  1. Good for them, any house of worship (even if it’s in your living room) where we are reminded that there is a higher power and a reason to better ourselves is a good thing.

  2. The good Reverend’s remarks about the novel, “The Help”, probably didn’t include the part where one of the Black maids put her own feces in a cake she made for her employer. That part was kinda yuckky.
    The book was a fascinating read but, of course, the White people were racist, mean, ignorant, bad parents, vindictive, and cruel while the Black maids were kind, generous, honest, loving parents, and hard-working.

    I’m sorry to say that I’m a little cynical about the O’s going to a Christian church at this time; they didn’t attend any church at Christmas time or Easter time or anytime in-between. Now, 6weeks before the November elections and after the Muslim flapadoodle, they remember they are indeed Christians..

  3. Yes, The Help would not be a down-the-middle depiction. Remember his “race speech”? Everyone raved, but I remember a line about the blood of white slave owners running in the veins of his precious daughters (through their mother’s side, I believe he added). That was provocative to me anyhow. Oh, well, I guess all this is off the table. As they say.

  4. I find it pretty bad when the fact that the President and his family attends church is so big that it makes the news. That should be just a normal activity.

  5. I am not suprised he chose an Episcopal Church.

    I was an Anglican for many years until I finally had it up to the proverbial “here” with GLBT days, clown masses, Mother Gaia worship, reiki trance, “yoga” worship, liberation theology, “AIDS Day fundraisers” and other liberal sillyness that ECUSA is known for. Come to think of it, there is an ECUSA parish in D.C. that celebrates Castro’s birthday each year (along with a slide presentation and singing) that POTUS could go to; they have a lesbian “pastor” complete with a “gender neutral” prayer book and bible.

  6. Suprise. Suprise.

    The REAL reason he went to church? Just pulled this from

    “At last we know how to get supposedly-Christian Obama into a church — invite a politically active Muslim speaker:

    “[O]n Sunday, September 19, 2010, the Obama family attended church for only the third time in a year. They went on foot to the St. John’s Episcopal Church situated across the Lafayette Park. But what is widely not reported by the White House and the MSM is that on that particular Sunday in that particular church, Dr. Ziad Asali, M.D., a Muslim, founder and president of the American Task Force on Palestine, was the guest speaker. He was there to speak on the subject of “Prospects of the two-state solution in the Middle-East.” … Dr. Ziad J. Asali is described as “a long-time activist on Middle East issues” who has testified to both chambers of Congress about Palestinian interests, increased U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority, and “Israel’s disproportionate use of force” in Gaza.

    “Just be glad the Anointed One is no longer worshiping at his old unholy temple of Black Liberation Theology. But then, after 20 years of soaking up Jeremiah Wright’s rabid anti-American and anti-Caucasian diatribes, Obama must have it all thoroughly internalized.”

    Now you know why he went to church this past Sunday . . .

  7. It’s pretty common knowledge that ANY Muslim who converts to Christianity receives an “Honor” killing. They would NEVER, NEVER be adored as a Messiah after committing the crime of apostacy.

    That’s all you need to know. Do the math.