Blessings on the observation of the Feast Day of St. Francis. Sadly, today we didn’t have a visit from Dante – his humans were indisposed. But that’s okay, because we still celebrated God’s creation. It’s not comparable but we did rewelcome our family with a lovely young girl who is more active now than 4 months ago. I think the sound of a baby/toddler is the best sound in the world – and we welcome everyone at St. John’s. ‘Twas a blessing for the day and we hope your day was blessed.

As we gathered for worship we offered prayers and reflections about our place in God’s kingdom at work in the world. Sometimes our scripture provides a picture that is obviously hopeful, and sometimes it doesn’t. We heard from the Lamentations about the loss of everything and the implied “how did we get here?” question. Our Psalm shed light on the not-so-good side of believers: “dashing children on stones…” doesn’t elicit a favorable response. Luke shares a story where Jesus tells his disciples, “if you want more faith you need to have more faith (you get by giving).” And last, the letter to Timothy reminds us that our foundation gives us what we need to be prepared to serve God – the message of hope doesn’t change – even when we don’t feel at our best. Where is God inviting us to see where we have drifted from our best place?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Lamentations 1:1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

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