Grace and peace in the middle of July. This week has been a blessing for us: a time to be busy doing God’s work in our community and reaching out to the world. Today will mark a milestone – the last day for a hickory front-and-center in the churchyard; but more poignantly, the last day for two Cyprus trees between the sanctuary and the pond. Life changes but sometimes life needs to change – everything has a season. In this season we celebrate our life and charge of caring for community and God’s bounty, freely bestowed on us.

In church today we faced a challenge, especially from a preacher’s perspective. Do we preach about David dancing like a fool and the animosity between David and Michal? Or maybe we preach about the beheading of John the Baptist? But maybe we preach about the free gift of God’s grace and the “string” attached – not really a string but a realization that we better understand God’s free gift of grace by sharing it as opposed to holding it for ourselves. What do you think?

I invite your comments,

Readings: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

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