We pray God has been blessing you over the past week, it has been a little less hectic in Suffolk and around the nation – not perfect by any imagination but better. Most of those who have been recovering are doing well and returning to full speed, little by little. It was nice to see some in church who had been away for a while – nice to have a few more folks in the pews. We offer prayers for everyone as the summer begins to turn toward September and all that the fall holds in store.

In worship we were challenged by Luke’s gospel and how we are invited to be ready (more appropriately – be alert for the change that is coming so we aren’t surprised) and to remember that God’s greatest joy is to lavish us with God’s blessing; not to punish humanity. The letter to the Hebrews reminds us to have faith; and that those who are our predecessors had faith against long odds. But we focused on the opening of Isaiah’s prophesy – Isaiah’s reminder that our rituals are not the thing that God is looking for; rather that we do the right thing in our community and hold up our end of God’s kingdom.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40

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