Another month of Sundays in the book as we send greetings on the last Sunday in July in Chuckatuck. What a great day here, it almost feels like it’s not July or August – which, for many longer-term residents, tends to bring one to pause: when will the other shoe fall? But that’s not the focus today, our Sunday celebration was one where we welcomed one of the multi-generation families to the pews. They had joined us by way of the Bridger Family gathering in Smithfield this weekend. It’s always nice to see folks we rarely see.

In worship today we continued our journey in Ordinary Time, exploring the mission of our church and the people who are faithful followers of God. We heard Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer and listened to the “bumper sticker” – ask, seek, and knock – until you hear God’s response (then repeat). The letter to the Colossians reminds us to not be swayed by the trivial things imposed by humans but to remain attached to God’s grace. Hosea offered a warning – if we continue to do our own thing without regarding God we may be allowed to wander off on our own. The future hope is based on the past performance of God and is tempered by our present reality. It doesn’t mean that we won’t be found with God in the end; it does mean we may have to work to get there.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13

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