Here is our first issue of The Crossroads published in many months. Thanks Helen Greene and Carol Lewis for providing some insight into the lives of two of our members. And, of course, thanks to Trish Lecco for design and layout. Look for your copy in the mail this week. And pick up an extra copy or two to give away to those you know who are looking for a community where they can practice faith, kindness, and justice!
Here is a thought I had intended for yesterday’s sermon, but left out.
I spend a lot of time in my car during the week and I some much of that time listening to Legends Radio (100.3 FM). Listening to the standards is a nice break from some of the heavy-duty conversations I have over the course of my day.
Last week, Michael Feinstein’s rendition of the Kern and Fields classic, “A Fine Romance,” came on the radio while I was pondering Sunday’s sermon regarding risking reaching out to God. So often our relationship with the Divine resembles this “fine romance:”
A fine romance, with no kisses
A fine romance, my friend this is
We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes
But you’re as cold as yesterday’s mashed potatoes
We know a lot about God, we talk a lot about God, we are quick to tell others what God thinks about them, we post inspiring memes about how much God loves everyone. Yet, we often don’t allow the time and space in our lives to relate to God, to experience the Divine. Our relationship with God becomes as cold as yesterday’s mashed potatoes.
My strong impression is that God longs to be in relationship with us. We have the opportunity to nestle and even wrestle with the ultimate source of wisdom and compassion. Won’t you take a few moments daily this week, to sit and invite the presence of God into your day, into your life. Maybe it’s sitting for five minutes in silence or writing a prayer or reading a Psalm from scripture. Open up to the God who is open to you.
This Summer, we will take a brief break from the liturgical calendar to engage a worship series on “The 7,” where we will blow the dust off the seven historical “deadly sins” and their corresponding virtues. How do these 14th century ideas match with 21st century morality and ethics? Do these sins still plague us today? How do they affect us as a society? Can focusing on the 7 virtues help us combat the 7 deadly sins and improve our lives? We’ll leave the guilt aside and learn what The 7 have to teach us!
July 19th Lust and Chastity
July 26th Greed and Charity
August 2nd Gluttony and Temperance
August 9th Sloth and Diligence
August 16th Wrath and Patience
August 23rd Envy and Kindness
August 30th Pride and Humilty
On Saturday, August 1st, we will be joining with others in Lake Worth and Palm Beach County to paint the house of one of our neighbors. This won’t be an opportunity for everyone, because it will be hot work. However, if you’re physically able we would love for you to join us in participating in this practical way of sharing God’s love with our community! If you would like to participate, contact Pastor Jason. Stay tuned for more information.
You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds. Luke 6:43-45 (The Message)
“It’s who you are, not what you say and, that counts.” It’s hard to believe. Our lives, our work, even our faith we’re told is about what we do. And we try. And we fail. So we try to talk a good game. Jesus invites us into a different way, a better way. And it seems like it would be an easier way. Just be. Focus on who we are in Christ. And who we are, our “true being, brims over into true words and deeds.”
In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Don Wilson , Faustina
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