Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As I sit here at my desk writing this to you, my mind is wandering off.  I’m thinking about summer and all the things that I could be doing if only things were different.  How many of you are thinking the same thing?

As I think about what I could be doing and what I’m not doing, I am reflecting on my sermon series Are You Kidding?  Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. So if I was a child right now what would I be doing?

I know what I would like to be doing and that is sleeping in till noon most days, like my teenager and not having a care in the world.  But I think back to when I was younger and still living at my parent’s house.

Every day I had chores that I had to do, whether it was cleaning my room (which I hated doing), taking care of the animals or cleaning house. I did it, reluctantly, but it was done. Then I could do whatever I wanted to do. 

One of the things I liked doing was helping out at Deming Park with the younger kid’s summer camp.  Then I would go up to my grandparent’s house and I would work in the garden to help them out or help out the other older people in our neighborhood.  I really enjoyed helping others when it was my idea.

If only I could go back in time when things were not so stressful and I could just be doing things I like to do.  But reality sits in and I have responsibilities and a job as a mother, wife, daughter, grandmother and pastor. 

So how can I be more like a child so I can enter the kingdom of heaven?  I’m really trying my best to do just that.  I’m trying to be like a child, to be nice and to say please and thank you.

Our sermon series will continue this week with Play Fair, and then followed by “Share and Share Alike, Say Nice Things and Mind Your Manners.”  Come to our 9am worship and listen to what scripture has to do with these titles.

In the mean time, I am asking you to go out and do something for one of your neighbors or do something here at the church or the parsonage.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done and we need your help.  Our food pantry Loaves and Fishes are always looking for help on Tuesday’s to bring the food into the pantry.  They are also looking for food donations, kid friendly foods, pantry staples like cereal, canned veggies, mac and cheese, etc.

If you are handy with your hands the church and parsonage has plenty of work for you.  Just contact me, Dave Badeau or Bernie Klem to find out what needs attention.

Let’s make this summer a summer of being a like a child and helping out a neighbor.

We are called to be people of faith in the midst of the world, and so we mix our worship and our work, our faith and our life.  We gather here as people who live in the world and yet, we gather as people who have been called to see the world from a different viewpoint.  God has called us together; God has called us to be part of a community.  God challenges us to consider questions of priority as we engage with the world.  In this time together, may God open our hearts, minds and eyes, allowing us to see deeper, helping us to live in the world while still offering a challenge to the ways of the world.  We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Stephanie

2018-07-02 10:23:17