Today was also a day to pause and remember those who serve faithfully to help others know the grace of God – often without knowing it. Today is also a reminder of the power of faithful generosity and charity for our community and for our church.

As we gathered for worship we had an opportunity to give thanks for God’s providence and the blessings offered to us. We heard from God’s story about Ruth and Naomi and how they did what was needed to ensure a life for themselves and ultimately for all creation. The writer to the Hebrews told of the intercession of Jesus for us to fulfill the cost of redemption – not like humans who must redeem themselves time and again – but once for all. We focused a little on Mark’s gospel and what it means to offer to God – not only money but devotion, faith, and talent. We are reminded that the offering we give isn’t payment but a reminder of the sacramental nature of our relationship with God. What we offer doesn’t buy us God’s grace but it does reflect God’s grace.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

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