Happy Labor Day! Greetings from St. John’s on the first day of the month and the first Sunday of the month of September. We have been blessed this past week as things begin to settle towards fall – weather changes, schools ramp up, summer vacations draw to a close, and our church begins considering (again) new birth and how we share our bounty with our community. And, of course, the week began after church last Sunday with our annual (blue) Crab and “Brat” (Italian sausage really) feast. 40-some fellowshipping in the Parish Hall – what fun!
Today in worship we considered how we have had God’s love firmly intertwined in our hearts – with the idea that God’s love would shine through us and bring us and the world hope. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that, by nature, we are supposed to be hospitable to strangers and care for those who are oppressed. In Luke, Jesus reminds us to not think too much of ourselves and to take a place of service as opposed to honor. Jeremiah asked us some tough questions: “what has God done wrong to us throughout all time?” The answer to God’s questions about our faithfulness are not easy to answer and challenge us to lay aside the things that we place ahead of God. How do we remember that God alone is enough to change lives and that nothing we add to God makes God’s ability more potent? The answers should help us remember to come back to God and confess our past shortcomings, because God never fails.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14