Greetings from Chuckatuck on Memorial Day weekend. We celebrate the end of May and prepare for the coming summer season. We have been blessed with stability and health in the Parish and give thanks for all we’ve been given for our ministry in the world. On Memorial Day, we remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. Those known to us and those who are known to God alone. We also offer our prayers for our nation and community as it continues to grapple with dissolution and discord. May we be ones who share a glimpse of God’s grace in the world.

Our collect reminds all who listen that God’s preference is to not leave humans without comfort and consolation. We know that God cares enough to become part of humanity in the person of Jesus Christ and that Jesus is one who helps us never forget God’s grace. Our Psalmist sang a song that relates the awesomeness of God and the reminders that God is more than we can ever imagine. And that God is stronger than a god that we devise to help us. The lesson from the Revelation to John brings our focus to the promise that God is coming soon and that what has been prepared for us for eternity is more than we can ask or imagine. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles gives us an image of the world against God and the world emphasizing things which are not specifically helpful for long life.

Our sermon today was based mostly on the gospel reading from John. In this reading Jesus prays that the disciples will be one, and that their oneness will help the world recognize its oneness. John’s gospel reminds us that we work together for the common good and that we are blessed, not by what we have but by who we are related to. It is in relationships that we can bring healing and wholeness to a world that is divided against itself. How are you invited to witness for God’s promises to our world?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:10-12, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26

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