Happening Now Blog

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, Jesus teaches the disciples that strictly observing laws and religious rituals does not necessarily make one righteous.  Each person must be right with God in his or her heart.  The proof of this lies in the way one lives:  The things we do and say reveal a great deal about the state of our hearts!  Jesus makes it very clear that those who do all the "rite" things in worship may be neglecting the weightier matters of the law.  He calls on us to examine how we treat our neighbors:  What do we say to them and about them?  Do our actions help them, or do our actions hurt them?  As followers of the One who gave his life for us and for the whole human family, we are called to be signs of comfort, healing and justice to those in need. 

Prayer of the Day

God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you.  Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

· Don't forget to stop by the rummage sale, open to the public Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm.  Bring your friends!   Come early to avoid the worst of the heat!
Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.