May the blessing of God be upon you this day and always. We continue to be blessed with a beautiful fall in Chuckatuck and with a steady group of people worshiping with us at St. John’s. Lovely for us to continue to celebrate the blessings of our predecessors and their faithful witness to God’s grace and mercy in our community. We are challenged to continue their ministry in new ways in our community without losing sight of what has brought us to the place we are.

Jesus spoke to us through the story of the Temple tax and the question from the Pharisees and Herodians: is it legal to pay the tax to the emperor. Jesus affirms to those in his time that the life of the faithful is a balance of the obligation to God and the obligation to be a citizen in the world. We continue to be challenged with our ability to balance the need to be a participant in community, to advocate for what we feel is best (while realizing that the ones who are on “the other side” are responding in kind), and to be faithful to our obligation to God. Not an easy problem to solve but we are reminded that God helps us answer if we listen.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

Check this out on Chirbit