It feels like Fall is in making its way, and not just because the calendar tells me so. The nights are getting cooler, football is rampant, everyone is back in school and many of the wonderful trees in our community are thinking about changing color. We have made a good beginning to Fall at First Baptist. I am always grateful for all you offer to sustaining and nurturing the life of our congregation. It takes all of us to be US.
Thanks to Andy Kille, our web master for the clear and helpful presentation on the “blogosphere” and our role in it. The new FBCPA blog page is just around the corner. Be sure to subscribe when invited.
The lectionary texts for the last few weeks have been challenging and, at times troubling. This week is no exception. The Parable of Dives and Lazarus is a harsh indictment of economic inequity and raises the question if anyone with wealth can find their way to the bosom of Abraham and God’s everlasting arms. I believe there is a way but sometimes it’s a real struggle to find it and then walk it.
By contrast, Psalm 91, our focus text for Sunday, reminds us that we are sheltered under God’s abiding wings, that when we are at our lowest, most vulnerable, God reaches out and draws us into God’s protective presence. There is comfort and healing there, like balm in Gilead. At the same time, we hear a promise that when the time comes we will also be borne up and carried forward by those same wings. Please join us at 10:00 AM for worship and Sunday School, followed by Adult Spiritual Formation led by Pastor Tripp. This week we will view the first in a series of videos from Sparkhouse, featuring Lillian Daniels on the topic, “Religion: Spirituality Is Not Enough.” Invite someone to come with you. It is good to be here.
May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.
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