Where do you place your faith? Does the idea of trusting God for protection, provision and justice sound naive and unrealistic to you? Yet, this is exactly what the Scriptures call us to do – to live differently from the self-protective, wealth accumulating, customs of our world, and place our trust in God.
In the face of the huge challenges we face in the world this may sound completely out of touch, but, when the role of money in so many of those challenges is recognized, the call to give up our faith in finance and reclaim a true, child-like faith in God becomes disturbingly relevant and subversive.
May your worship this week move you into a place of deeper trust in God, and more courageous challenge of the culture of accumulation in our world.
Judgement is prophesied for Israel because of the people’s idolatry and unfaithfulness, but God’s compassion and love for God’s people makes judgement difficult for God, and so restoration is also promised.
Because of Christ’s life in us, we are called to priorities the values of heaven over the values of earth, and to avoid the greed and lust that of “earth-bound” existence. Rather, recognizing that we are all the same in Christ, we are to find our life in Christ, and seek to become like our God.
In warning against greed, Jesus tells a parable of a wealthy man who feels secure because of his great riches, but whose wealth becomes meaningless when he dies. Then Christ challenges us to seek a rich relationship with God instead of material riches.
To the Only Wise God our Savior, lead us in the ways of Wisdom. May we keep the commandments close to our heart. May the cries of the prophets, the whispers of the sages, the teachings of the elders of long ago be renewed in us. May we seek the deeper way of insight, to intentionally love one another and seek justice. May this become our way of life, and not something we only pay lip service to. For all things we pray in the name of Jesus the Christ, the one who lived into the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and calls us by name. Amen.
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes,
Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: Ginny Carlson
Thurs. 8/1 7:00pm Fusion
Tues. 8/6 6:00pm Auction Event
Thurs. 8/8 9:00am ADCOM
Pastor Luis will be attending MARCHA Annual Meeting- August 1 -3 in Philadelphia PA.
We need to preorder books, must have your money ($12.00) no later than: Sunday, August 18.
We want all to have their books 2 weeks prior to class beginning.
September 15 to October 13 – Christian Formation 8:45 to 9:45am
Rob Bell addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.
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