Outside is chaos. Listening to the news is chaos. Having no idea what’s going to happen any time in the near future nothing being predictable — is chaos. Here comes Jesus, in the dark when things are terrifying, to rescue us. Here comes Jesus saying, Hey, it’s me. Calm down. Don’t be afraid.
Once again, we’re providing backpacks for students at Scriber Lake High School, the Edmonds School District alternative high school. To simplify the process, the project coordinator – Carol Rypkema – is asking for cash donations to buy the backpacks and contents, which will be dropped off at the alternative school in early September. We’d like …
As the COVID pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our state, our thoughts turn again to our hungry neighbors. Please consider helping our community by donating to a food bank, to Child Strive (which provides lunches for the preschoolers and families it serves – mark your donation “ECAP lunches”) or to Connect Casino Road, which …
In God’s reign, everyone has enough, and God hears the prayer to “Give us today our daily bread.” From the midst of his grief, Jesus makes sure the crowds whose cheers will soon enough turn to jeers have enough. In his compassion Jesus directs his true followers to care for those around him. Sending them away is practical. Feeding them is God’s reign made manifest.
We don’t see yeast as it works its microbial magic and makes dough rise. We can’t see with our naked eyes how a plant — any plant — grows at the cellular level from a seed to be a large bush. This is what God’s reign is like…God’s reign is creeping all around us, started by God becoming human in the person of Jesus who defeated death and the grave, opening eternal life to us all. In God’s own time there’s so much bread that it has to be a party.
“Even with our buildings closed, we are still the church, alive and well, and working every day, creating an environment, and issuing and walking the call that comes from the gospel and our Lord to redeem this world.” Bishop Rickel offers his gratitude for the generosity he has seen since the start of the COVID-19 …
You can read the minutes of the June meeting here and read the links here.
Paying attention to the news, we may find ourselves (regardless of what media we consume!) counting off: child of the evil one, child of the evil one, child of the evil one. I heard those sermons growing up and I hope this isn’t one of them! It’s Jesus who sends the angels to do the collecting, not us.
Click here to read a news update from the Bishop’s Office about this important work.
The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for Sunday, July 12th, was preached extemporaneously . The gospel text was Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23.