• Friday, September
Blessings to you all,
First – This Sunday is the start of the new Sunday School year. We ill introduce the teaching teams and the children will be introduced to a new way of dong Sunday School. (good day to invite friends of the kids) It is Communion Sunday and we will be receiving an offering to support the work of the Deacons. The scriptures are: Romans 13:8-10 ad Matthew 18:15-20. The Message is entitled: “Centripetal Force.” There will be a special coffee hour after church. This will be the first Sunday for Crop Walk sign-up.
Second – My understanding is that Front Porch Forum is an effective way to communicate news to your neighbors. Which towns in our area have a forum? Which towns are covered by another town’s forum?
Third – Tents – we are in need a few – maybe three more tents (EZ-UP type tents) to use next Saturday at our event on the Green to provide a free lunch and bring attention to the need for fuel assistance in our area an raise some funds to address some of those needs.
Thank you and I hope to see you on Sunday
• Saturday, August
Blessings to you all,
A big thank you to Mike O’Daniel and Lisa Bessette who led worship the past two Sundays respectively. Our church is so blessed with different voices and it is a gift to have those voices shared.
This Sunday we will be up in the sanctuary worshipping together. The scriptures for this Sunday are: Exodus 3:1-15 and Matthew 16:21-25 with a sermon entitled: “Beyond Belief.” Is “belief” enough? Is “belief” all that is needed in the theological schema of the world?
I would encourage you, in preparation for Sunday’s service, to read through Romans 12:9-18. We are including that passage in the bulletin and we will be working on it during the sermon time. The passage contains a litany of strong suggestions from Paul to the church in Rome. As you read through this litany – are there any that draw your personal attention. If you were to choose one that would make the world better which one would it be? If you were to choose one that would make you better (you knew that was coming) which one would it be.
I look forward to working with you on the word of God as we translate it from 2000 years ago – to today.
• Friday, August
This Sunday is Communion Sunday – and Meditation Sunday. The scriptures are: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 moving from Jacob to Joseph (you know the fellow with the fancy coat and his brothers’ with attitudes) and Matthew 14:22-33 – some walking on water stuff.
The Message is entitled: “Lifted Up.” Do you need a lift?
We will celebrate Communion and if you wish to support the Deacons’ Fund – that would be great. The Fund covers a number of different expenses both regular and irregular. One item it supports and covers is our Meditation time with Chessy Kelley.
Speaking of Chessy – she will be leading a Meditation workshop beginning at 11:00 in the sanctuary. If you have not experienced this form of spiritual practice – these workshop offer a great opportunity to do so. Chessy was trained in and practices within the Buddhist tradition but her approach is ecumenically spiritual.
I hope to see you on Sunday
• Friday, July
Blessings All, – again – this time for everyone
This Sunday we will focus on Matthew 13:31-33. I will read from Genesis as we have been following the soap opera of the semi-historical founders of the faith – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob along with a number of wives etc. etc. The reading from Genesis this week is: 29:15-28 and I may read a bit more than that. There is an image of marriage and family that some traditionalists would not necessary consider appropriate – but here it is – right in Genesis. Some who say – “I believe in the biblical image of marriage and family” might not want to read this.
I am looking forward to our time together on Sunday
Peace to you all,
• Friday, July
Another wonderful weekend (weather wise) and I hope in many many ways is awaiting us. For this Sunday the scriptures will be Genesis 28:10-19a (we will also sing a hymn about this passage) and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. The sermon is entitled: “Lost in the Weeds?” Liz Farman will be providing music for our service and you and I will be asked to provide spirit (something we are all gifted with).
I know a lot of people are doing a lot of things but if you are around I hope to see you on Sunday.
God Bless You