Blessings and peace to you as July begins to draw to a close. This past week saw a mild shake-up at St. John’s when we removed 4 prominent trees from the yard. We felt it time to take down the 2 cedar trees between the church and the pond, the remains of the hickory in the parking area, and a dying red maple in the back portion of the graveyard. The new look is inviting and will help us begin a new chapter in the story of the brick church on Cedar Creek in Suffolk. We pray you all have been blessed and are safe and healthy as the month closes and the late-July storms roll through many regions around the nation.

The topic of story and how our story is important follows in our scripture today. And yet, this didn’t preclude a story-teller’s distraction: concrete. It was interesting to reflect on our story as the stuff that binds the disparate parts of our Parish and our world together. While it would be easy to talk about the promise God made to David and the continuance of his line, or how Mark reminds us that the work we do and the story we tell is important to the strength of God’s kingdom in the world. God invites those who are “far” and those who are “near” to come together in a family and to break down the things that separate them – with no statement of who is near and who is far. We are invited to work together, like the elements of concrete, to spread God’s message of reconciliation and hope to the world.

I invite your comments,

Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

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