I send greetings from Chuckatuck on the first full day of fall – a wonderful time to be at St. John’s. Much has transpired over the past few days as we pray for our bishop-elect, the Rev. Susan Haynes. There is much to do between now and her consecration but her election helps us usher a new beginning in the life of our diocese and hopefully a re-dedication to our ministry at St. John’s. It was nice to fellowship this afternoon on barbecue and chicken as we helped support CAPS and their ministry.
In worship today we heard the diverse stories of scripture. Luke recounted Jesus’ story about the dishonest manager and his shrewd (yet underhanded) behavior and the commentary that we can’t squander the gifts given us by God. The letter to Timothy reminds us that we are supposed to offer our prayers for all people (including us) that we all might be touched by the Holy Spirit. Today’s sermon began with a look at Jeremiah and the beginning of the end for Israel. They believed they were chosen and thus they didn’t need to change to stay with God. The story we know is the life we live with God is about prayerful change into what God calls us to become. Where are you called to change today?
I invite your comments,
Readings: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13