Who’s here? We are. As we gather, seek transformation and are sent, we need to pray always and not lose heart. We don’t lose heart because we know we can just wear God down if we keep showing up. We don’t lose heart because it’ll all work out anyway with rose-colored glasses on.
The Youth Group invites the whole congregation to go next door to Fairbank Animal Farm’s annual Pumpkin Patch next Sunday, October 23! We will plan to be there from 11a.m. to 12 p.m. rain or shine. Take as much time as you want, and spend some time with pumpkins, animals, and congregational friends.
While our gut may be to wonder at the other nine, they’ve followed Jesus’ directions. They believed in him to ask for healing, and they did what he directed. In coming back to give thanks the Samaritan man isn’t just healed though. All ten of those who’ve asked for healing have received it. Another translation of Jesus’ final direction, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well” is “Get up and go on your way; your faith has saved you.” Your faith has made you well, your faith has saved you, a full healing of mind, body, soul, spirit, and relationships, through faith in Jesus and thanksgiving to God has brought salvation to you.
Maintaining hope believing and proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand feels daunting. Following the directions Jesus gives us for our work even if we boil it down to simply though it’s far from simple loving God, loving our neighbor, and thus changing the world, it’s a heavy task….There are mass shootings, racial reckonings on the horizon with signs and portents already at play, and heading into another fall and winter so more indoor time with the plague of COVID19 surrounding us. I’m pretty sure we too would be forgiven for saying to Jesus “Increase our faith!”
As Fred Craddock summarizes the core of this parable, “wherever some eat and others do not eat, there the kingdom does not exist, quote whatever Scripture you will.” That’s a hard message for me to hear not just knowing about the systems in place that lead to hunger and homelessness in King and Snohomish Counties, but also the way the United States is the wealthiest country in the world and yet there are people starving domestically globally. I’m a part of this society I’m a steward of the wealth that this nation holds and hoards, if only a fraction compared to others.
It’s possible that Jesus is suggesting – as later church writers wholeheartedly proclaimed – that this level of wealth is just bad. The common parlance today including by the children of Patagonia’s founder is “Every billionaire is a policy mistake.” Jesus may be saying that they’re moral mistakes as well particularly with counties, towns, and countries domestically and globally not having reliable access to clean drinking water and people being lied to about having jobs waiting only to be dropped off on an island. While Jesus is challenging this issue he’s continuing to invite us to do something, like I talked about two weeks ago..
Susy Hessel is a lay preacher at St. Hilda St. Patrick and is a mental health counselor. THEY Who are these people we call THEY? What do they look like? How do they speak? Where are they from? What do they believe? They aren’t like me. They are the OTHER. Someone from a different culture …
Following Jesus and working for justice aren’t weekend warriorships of protests and counting arrests for civil disobedience as badges of honor. Changing policy takes networking and relationship building. Passing legislation is a slog that takes organizing and growing movements one by one. Growing into the full stature and likeness of Christ is looking at the end of the road and only seeing the Cross.
Every year, the Seattle Seafarers’ Center provides about 1,000 ditty bags stuffed with basic personal necessities to merchant seafarers. These bags are one way we help seafarers celebrate Christmas while they are far from home during the holiday season. Seafarers help make Christmas possible by transporting lots of stuff to the US. Help make a seafarer’s Christmas by providing them with …
Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:00am – 12:30pmSt. John’s, Gig Harbor Since most of our churches use altar flowers to bring the beauty of living things into our worship space, the Commission on Liturgy and the Arts is pleased to present this workshop to broaden the potential of this ministry. Beyond just making “pretty decorations,” the altar flowers can become …