Greetings on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and extra vehicular activity. It’s been a wonderful week in Chuckatuck and we’ve wrapped up a bunch of projects this week, and things are starting to look fine around the church. It’s been a tough week for a few around here, heat and humidity have been making life a little unpleasant for us, but, if there’s an upside to the summer is the natural chorus – frogs galore singing their songs at sunset. A blessing for this week was the hummingbird outside my office window – a lovely sight.

We are continuing our journey is the season after Pentecost (often called Ordinary Time). A sad choice of names because the lessons of “Ordinary time” are anything but ordinary. The Psalmist spent time (rightly) accusing those in power who act like God isn’t present. Paul reminded the Colossians that Jesus was the image of God and our job was to emulate Jesus’ ministry. Luke followed up the “love your neighbor” parable with Martha and Mary and the reminder to live both a life of service and a life of contemplation. But our sermon today focused on the prophet Amos – he continued to impeach the leaders for their willful disregard for God’s covenant and reminded them that they would be accountable for what they had done with what they had been given. Not one of them would escape justice – because God is a just and merciful God. We won’t escape either unless we change our ways.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

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