Summer continues with several from our community traveling near and far. We pray traveling mercies for them all. Still, life goes on here. Sunday we will continue our focus on “Welcoming the Stranger.” Pastor Gregory will be preaching on Matthew 25:31-46, with the title “Radical Hospitality and Holy Disruption.” Matthew says that when the time is right, Christ will look each of us in the eye and ask what we have done “for the least of these.” It is both a challenging and invigorating prospect to consider how we might act with compassion toward those in need. I don’t think Christ sees care for the “other” as onerous work, rather it offers a joyful opportunity to help bring about God’s Beloved Community in the here and now.
Though we have begun Patio Hour for the summer, we still need people to volunteer to host. The sign-up sheet is in the church entryway. Let me know if you can help out this Sunday. Thanks to everyone who helped make the church’s Annual Picnic a good time for all last Sunday, complete with birthday blessings for Pastor Gregory as well as Phil Hayes and our Office Administrator, Betsy Anderson.
I hope you are giving serious consideration to attending our All Church Retreat the end of the month. My good friend, Daniel Pryfogle, who is an expert in sharing and building from story will be leading us. You will find Daniel to be a delightful story teller and guide. Please plan to be a part of this opportunity to build our community through sharing our own very important stories.
Meanwhile, I’ll see you Sunday at 10 AM. Bring someone with you to share the joy of the day.
Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!