Blessings to you as Virginia school years start to wind down. It has been a fabulous week at St. John’s – chestnut tree blooming, critters visiting, and shrubs getting pruned back for the season. We had a good group today and welcomed Bernice back after her absence and recovery after the wheeled trash can tried to take her out a few months ago. Nice to have her back in worship with us. We also hosted the Troop 25 Boy Scout Court of Honor where 2 Eagle Scouts were pinned this afternoon. Great to be with our community on a fine Sunday.

Our scripture coupled Israel’s cry for a king in the days of Samuel, over God’s promise to be God forever, to Paul’s interaction with the Corinthian church as they were having a crisis of faith. It is worth remembering the crises Paul talked about all those years ago still apply today – many parts of our society haven’t evolved much. That makes Paul’s words timely, no matter when we read them. We are reminded that regardless if we think we’re dying, even if we are, our life is still to be lived with our eyes on God in Christ. Hopefully that brings consolation and affirmation to do something to share God’s message – no matter how things go, in our mind.

I invite your comments,

Readings: 1 Samuel 8:4-20; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35

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