Happy Sunday to you on the 18th Sunday of Coronatide (I think) and the last Sunday of July. This week was one where we celebrated the birth of a parishioner’s granddaughter and the continued improving health of our parishioners. We have had oppressive weather, with four days over 100 degrees and humidity. We are thankful to Don and Bert who came out and removed the cedar branch from the Kirk graves – and confirmed no damage. Worship continues to become more refined, not many hiccups today but still room for refinement. May August find you well and your families are blessed by God.

In worship our journey in the book of Genesis continued. Today’s lesson related Jacob’s toil for Rachel only to be given Leah instead. Jacob toiled for his first love, Rachel, willingly because that was what was supposed to be. The Psalm today reminds us that we are called to remind ourselves about God’s providence and to give thanks for the ability to remember all that God does for us. Paul’s letter to the Romans gives us the reminder – we are bound to Christ by our profession and that we can’t expect to be treated any way except how Jesus was treated. But Paul also reminds us that there is no thing that can separate us from God’s love, except by our own choice. Our gospel reading from Matthew was a whirlwind collection of 6 parables about what the kingdom of heaven was like. But the most pressing reminder of the parables was the final statement – those who remember the truth of God’s story must tell the old stories and interpret the old truth into this present moment.

How are you challenged by God to tell the story of your relationship with God in its evolutionary way? I invite your comments,

Readings: Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Video of today’s service: https://youtu.be/lJQ4vX02VpE

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