Welcome to August one and all. It appears nature has tried to extract payment for removing trees in July – by knocking branches out of the chestnut and gum tree in front of the Parish House: alas poor chestnut, I knew you well. Thankfully, there wasn’t much damage and we should still get a bumper crop of chestnuts soon. We welcomed the return of a guest organist today, Jean Marshall took the bench for Roger while he’s on vacation. It’s hard to believe the end of the summer is just around the corner, but time marches on for all of us.

In worship today was a day we heard human stories: Nathan taking David to task, which led to David’s contrition and restoration; the reflection that all sin and that God alone can remove the sin and restore to relationship. But most importantly, we heard about building unity in creation – using the gifts given by God to create a well-working body; one focused on sharing the reconciling story of life with God in Christ.

I invite your comments,

Readings: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

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