We pray that God’s grace is with you as we’ve turned the calendar to February. It has been a dreary Sunday but the rain appears to be giving way to plain February conditions. We restarted our Zoom Coffee Hour after church today and we had 7 participants, not a bad gathering considering the short notice and other competing influences. We are thankful for the time to worship together, both in person and remotely. Our prayers are with you all as you continue to navigate into the 11th month of Coronatide.

In our worship we were reminded by the collect composer that we have liberty that our abundant life in Christ provides us. But not just abundance for us without consideration, but abundance that is meant to be shared. In our reading from Isaiah the refrain, “have you not known? Have you not heard?” served as a reminder that the truth has been presented by God from the beginning of time. And this truth provides the answers we must depend upon. Our reading from Mark’s gospel echoed the call to proclaim the message in neighboring towns and in ways that others can understand. The Psalmist served as a reminder that God is intimately related to each person and all creation.

Our sermon was focused on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Paul reminds us that we have received a commission when we committed ourselves to God in Christ – and that commission is to share the gospel free of charge to everyone we meet. We aren’t called to diminish our faith but we are called to adapt our faith so others can understand the restoration that God has in store for us.

I invite your comments and likes,
Les+

Readings: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

Video of today’s worship: https://youtu.be/idSMHXwhabo

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