Good day to all on the last Sunday of Summer on the day before Labor Day. Our prayers are with you all and your loved ones are safe and healthy. As we observe the 26th Sunday of Coronatide we know some are weary of the restrictions and difficulties brought on by the virus – yet we offer prayers for you all for the perseverance to stay the course. It is beautiful in Chuckatuck and our ruby throated hummingbird has made her return. Thankfully, there’s a feeder for her to replenish herself. May God bless you as summer turns to fall.
In our worship today we continued our study of the day-to-day practice of faith and our search for true faith and belief, within the bounds of orthodoxy and the possibilities provided by God. Our lesson from Exodus was the first description of what we now know as the Passover Feast and how Israel prepared itself for salvation from subjugation in Egypt back to life in the promise land. We also heard the attention that God pays to the details we observe. In our gospel reading from Matthew we see a depiction of how we are supposed to bridge our differences and issues in a right manner in the church. A model of reconciliation and how we achieve a restored relationship is laid out for us. Today’s focus was on Paul’s letter to the Romans. Paul reminds us that the only thing we MUST owe others (and ourselves) is to love one another. But the love Paul describes isn’t an emotion, the love Paul encourages us to owe others is the relationship that sees God and “us” in the face of the other – so there isn’t an “other”. We are asked to be present and create the fertile ground where God’s presence can be realized. If we do that, we might be able to restore our world 2 or 3 people at a time.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20
Link to worship: https://youtu.be/iocC21Lws78