After a week away it was nice to be back in the pulpit. It appears that Dorian was little more than some wind and rain in Suffolk – and we were lucky. Our prayers are offered for those who are recovering from Dorian and possibly staring down a new storm this weekend. Today was filled with blessings as some of our more seasoned members were all in worship together – rejoice and give thanks. And to think – September is almost halfway over. A correction from today’s sermon, or better stated, the quote I left out of my notes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ‘His Journals’ was “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” An important lesson for everyone… still.
In worship we were greeted on the Sunday after Holy Cross day with a mixture of scripture and song. In our gospel reading today, we were reminded that God rejoices when one who is lost is found and returns to the family – and God is willing to search even when others think there is no hope. In Paul’s first letter to Timothy we were also reminded that the principle purpose for Jesus coming to creation is to save us from our sin. The hardest lesson today came from Jeremiah. Jeremiah reminded his time, and us, that God looks upon creation and sees what we aren’t doing to further the kingdom. But Jeremiah reminds us that God’s judgement is assured, our side of God’s judgement will be determined at the final accounting and is not fixed in stone – we have hope because we know that we can change – if we look to God for help. What are your thoughts?
I invite your comments,
Readings: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10