Ahhh…the weather has greatly improved. The sun is shining and doesn’t it make you feel better even if you don’t get out? After the months of seeming isolation, do you find yourself lonely? As I get close to people in public, I back off, maybe going down a different grocery aisle. This is not a bad thing these days, but I am an outgoing person and I keenly feel the loss seeing and hugging friends and family. We so carefully approach those with who we do come into contact. Is that likely to change in the near future? It doesn’t seem so.
Our approach to worship now is distinctive. A year ago, who would have thought that we would be worshipping in our parking lot in our cars? Even when we do return to indoor worship, it will be greatly altered from anything we have previously experienced. The upside of the whole COVID 19 pandemic is that it has forced us to be creative in how we
approach doing the things that were so commonplace. There used to be a certain sameness, things you could expect in liturgical worship, but that has all changed. I cannot help but wonder what other surprises God has planned for us.
In July we will continue to work our way through the gospel of Matthew, beginning with the theme of the yoke of discipleship; continuing on through various Matthean parables. We will continue to hear Paul’s teaching to the Romans throughout the month with Paul’s struggles with himself in chapter 7 on the first Sunday and embracing the wonder of
nothing being able to separate us from God’s love in chapter 8 for the last Sunday of the month. Our Administrative Assistant, Kathy Korcyl, always posts the scripture readings for each Sunday in the e-ministry and Church Mouse. Check them out!
In the midst of the unsettled state of our world and country, can we allow God to speak to us through the everyday things of life like a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the blossoming trees and plants, the riotous colors of flowers, the chirping of birds? We can experience peace in this way in spite of what is happening in the rest of the world.
As the psalmist wrote:
1The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)
May we appreciate God’s handiwork, listening to its speech and watching its glory. Please work and play safely throughout these days of summer.
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