Happy 5th Sunday in June. It has been a long month of Sundays but we still had a good showing all month and lots of interaction with the Parish – both in worship and in our studies. We wrapped up some work on the Parish House this week – nice to have all that behind us – trim and gutters look great and no holes. In the midst of our joy there was sadness due to loved ones, near and far, passing away. Please keep our parish and their families in your prayers.

In worship we had offerings about Elisha receiving his commission from God through Elijah and the conferring of a double share of Elijah’s wisdom on Elisha. Our gospel stood out as it showed a disturbing part of the mentality of Jesus’ disciples – on the trip through Samaria to Jerusalem (and ultimately his death). We chose to focus on the lesson from Galatians, Paul reminded us that we were set free by Jesus to be free. Paul reminds us that our freedom is not self-serving, but is intimately connected to the community. Our freedom demands a response and action from us – found in our worship community and expanding out to the community and the world.

I invite your comments,

Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62

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