We pray God’s blessings have been on your family this past week as we moved into July and celebrated Independence Day. This past week has been busy at St. John’s; we bid farewell to one of our long-time members, had the holiday off, and found some wrap-up work to do with the trim and gutters on the Parish House. One the plus side, we gave a resilient response to the need at the beginning of the week then took advantage of the times off midweek. Our prayers are with you as July begins and the years begins it’s descent to the New Year.
In worship we heard a variety of stories in scripture. From Elisha healing Naaman simply, by having the “proud general” Naaman bathe in the Jordan 7 times. The power of God works in ways that are not human ways. Paul concluded his letter to the Galatians reminding them that, while each individual is responsible for their own work the community only functions when the parts work together. If we’re left alone we will be ineffective and die. Last we heard the recounting of Jesus sending the 70 into the towns between Galilee and Jerusalem where Jesus was going to pass through. Their sole purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus’ coming and make sure Jesus stopped places where the town would listen.
Our job today is the same simple job: to trust that God is sending us someplace to succeed; that success may not be measured the way we measure it; and that alone we will be ineffective, but together we will open people’s eyes to God’s presence (not lead them to God but help them to see God already there).
I invite your comments,
Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20