Still Unfolding

fall wheat

Friday, September 4, 2015

Mark 7:24-37

The routines of fall settle in once again. School is in session and summer activities are now behind us. We feel the pace pick up in the many programs of the church and we are back finding involvements – attention to matters of faith through congregational life. In many ways the energy feels good and we are ready to appreciate the very work we are called to be about in these days - together.

Especially we are mindful of the upcoming culmination of our RenewingFaith capital campaign. The campaign team has lifted up in ways of invitation and celebration what we can do together as the church to make a difference. The month of September will help us recognize how all of this relates to mission, renewal and the good work of sharing in the gospel! It has been a true source of encouragement to move into the future in this way – taking on the necessary tasks to foster the health and well- being of our shared ministry.

I am glad for the seasons of congregational life and for the dynamic gift of renewal. I think of Wendell Berry’s words:

Calling again to mind
The grace of circumstance
Sabbath economy
In which all thought is song,
All labor is a dance.

                                                                                         (Timbered Choir; Counterpoint Press, Washington D.C., 1998)

Like always we work and share in a way that speak to our gratitude for the goodness we know in Christ. Shaped by unfolding grace and the sustaining ways of God’s promises we are free to give with joy and gladness. In our Gospel reading for this Labor Day weekend, the response of those who witnessed the work of Jesus was described in this way: They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well…”

The response captures what our work, rest and prayers are ultimately grounded in!

Pastor Randy