Blessings one and all from the swamp – Suffolk Virginia. It has been a muggy couple weeks with little break in the next week or so. But we have also been taking advantage of the summer to be faithful stewards of our church grounds. This past week was filled with removing downed branches in the graveyard and pruning branches in preparation for a new light in the parking area. Thankfully, the heavy work in the yard is diminishing and we are able to beat the heat and take care of our church, parishioners, and the relationships we have been building in and around Suffolk for the past few years. We also had the blessing of an out-of-town visitor, all the way from Kansas; nice to see a new face in worship.

In worship today we spent time remembering what it means to be called by God. Not just to a life filled with grace and mercy, but a life also filled with responsibility to God and the justice that God demands. The Psalmist reminded us that we need to be just and not favor those who are “best” for us. Paul added that we need to bear fruit for ourselves and for the world to be fed. Luke’s gospel told the age-old story of the good Samaritan. But we focused on the message from Amos – to tell the prophetic message of justice AND mercy; social responsibility and relationship with God and community based on God’s call not our profession. Where are you called by God to serve others?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

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