To All the Saints at SOV~
Came upon this by way of "Context" a commentary on religion and culture put together by Martin Marty (a noted Lutheran theologian\historian), in the June issue. "The story is told about the Baptism of King Aengus by St. Patrick in the middle of the fifth century. Sometime during the rite, St. Patrick leaned on his sharp-pointed staff and inadvertantly stabbed the king's foot. After the Baptism was over, St. Patick looked down at all the blood, realized what he had done, and begged the king's forgiveness. 'Why did you suffer this pain in silence?' Patrick wanted to know. 'I thought it was part of the ritual,' the king replied."
That may indeed be the feeling that some people have about the church as a whole. But (the call to take up our cross and follow the Christ not withstanding) to be a part of a community of faith can be just the opposite of what folks may think. Instead of painful it might be downright delightful, a blessing to have an extended family to turn to at any and all times.
I remember many years ago, a good friend, who I was also pastor to, was asked what he was doing on a given Friday night. When he said he was going to his pastor's house, he was met with a look of sorrow and compassion that he was condemned to such a pitiful thing, and on a Friday night no less. But that person didn't have a clue, only a pre-conceived notion of the painful drudgery that comes with church people.
May we continue to dispel that perception as we care for one another, and welcome others joyfully into our midst. May we foolishly know the truth of what Paul writes, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice." Philippians 4:4
In the peace and power of the Christ,
As we pray for many, please be sure to offer support in prayer for Ginny Adamo, and come next Thursday, June 11th, at 7:00pm as we celebrate the gift of John Adamo's life.
Remember the presentation of "Animals and other things" at both services this Sunday, and that this is also Holy Trinity Sunday, and with that I share this prayer, "God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may procalim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and priase to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen."