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Sudden Thoughts and Second Thoughts

My soul is heavy.  My heart grieves.  As I survey the world around us, events of our time and place, words fail to form, I am at a loss of what to do, except hang my head in silent prayer, seeking, longing for help.

I lift up my eyes to the hills?  From where will my help come.  My help comes from the Lord, who made heavens and earth. (Psalm 121:1)

If we all are made in and from the same Divine grace and love, if all of creation, all of life, all human life, if we live and move and have our being in and from God; Creator, Redeemer, Friend, Parent, Brother Jesus, Sister Spirit, if we say we give thanks to God, if we say we love God, how, how in God’s name, bathed in God’s life, grace and love, how can we hate our sisters and brothers, how can we say All are created equal and they are endowed by their Creator, with certain  unalienable rights, and then, and then, deny anyone the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  How can we not, seek true repentance from the sins of racism, sexism, unfair economic practices, and the abuse of power?  How can we not affirm that truth is in order to goodness, lies in order to evil?  How, can we find, together, the courage and strength to confess our faith and make our witness as disciples of Jesus?  If not now, when?  If not us, who?

Dear God, hear the cries of our souls.  By the power of Holy Spirit, speak to us the truth.  By the courage of the Living Christ, may we, in our time and place, act in good faith, and bear witness, in all we say and do, to your love for all of the world, for all nations and peoples.  Rise up people of good faith, if not now, Lord, when?  If not us Lord, who?  May we rise up and work with you and others of many faiths, that all may be saved, made whole, made one in your Holy Name.  Amen.

Sunday Morning Worship, August 30, 10:25 am

Take time today, tomorrow, read the two passages of scripture that frame Morning Worship for August 2.  Matthew 16:21-28 and Romans 12:9-21.  We continue raising the right questions to find the right answer.  Building from last week where we pondered the question asked by Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?” by now asking, “What does my answer to the who mean for you, us, for the church?” 

We will gather once again, “keep it safe, keep it simple.”  Safe distancing, wear a mask, stand and sing, softly and tenderly.  Be patient with us, we are still working out the kinks of live streaming and posting worship on our website and facebook page. 

The Session continues to keep monitoring our in-person worship.  We will be guided by science, health officials and common sense in continuing morning worship.

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