12th Sunday after Pentecost
We often look for signs that point toward God’s reign, or God at work in our world. But instead of looking for signs, Jesus is asking us to see himself at work in us and in our world, right now. Prophets point to the way, but Jesus himself is the Way. Scripture points the way, but Jesus is the Way.
The kingdom is coming, but it is at hand, now, and we have the keys. We are the ones who have the authority to forgive sin and build the reign of God right now. But all too often, we are sitting back and waiting. We are still looking for signs, when the signs point to Jesus, who is right here with us, now and forever.
After a regime change in Egypt, the Israelites are made slaves and oppressed by the Egyptians. Midwives are also commanded to kill all male children, but they refuse to do so, so Pharaoh commands that male children be thrown into the Nile. It is into this context that the boy Moses is born, left on the river by his mother and adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter.
Paul encourages the believers to offer themselves sacrificially to God, and to allow God to transform them by renewing their minds. He challenges them to remain humble and connected to each other, and to use their gifts in God’s service.
Jesus asks the disciples who they think he is, and Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus responds by affirming that God has shown him this and that he (or his proclamation – depending on which view you prefer) will be the rock upon which Christ’s church is built, against which hell will not prevail.
Prayer of Brokenness
Almighty God, we confess that at times we are looking for the wrong things. We seek signs that You are with us, rather than recognizing Your presence is with us in all times. We seek assurances that we are going the right direction, hesitant to follow You as You called us to do.
Help us to be brave, O God, and to move forward in faith, knowing You are with us. Give us courage, O God, to trust in Your ways. Guide us, O God, in wisdom and insight, to follow You, for You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It is in the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
Prayer with Deacon Ginny resuming tonight at 8:30pm . And it will continue using the ZOOM meeting format every Thursday. It is important that you register no later than 11:30am., by email to the office. A log with meeting ID and password will be emailed to you, so you can enter the meeting.
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Please make sure that on Sunday, September 6th you have bread/crackers and grape juice or ….
As we will be celebrating Holy Communion online.
ALL CHURCH MEETINGS ARE HOSTED ON ZOOM
Thursday, August 20 @ 6:30pm – Trustees
Thursday, August 27 @ 6:30pm – Nominations
Tuesday, September 8 @ 6:30pm – Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations
Tuesday, September 8 @ 730pm – Finance & Stewardship
Tuesday, September 15 @ 6:30pm- Nominations
Thursday, September 17 @ 6:30-pm – Trustees
Tuesday, September 29 @ 6:30pm – Church Council
Coordinators & Staff meeting not set days yet.
Church Conference will take place in October, no date set yet.
For Pastor Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction, which could happen in the office or in another safe spaces while practicing safe distance and proper protocols, please contact Pastor Luis, Deacon Ginny and Pastor Bonnie directly. Their information is on our website.
Tuesday’s & Thursday’s from 7:30pm to 12noon.
Wednesdays we work remotely…
So friends please remember
1- Wear a mask when you are in the building at all times. NO EXEPTIONS!
2- Schedule your stop at the office with, Jennifer, as we are mindful that in all circumstances we will maintain physical distance.
3- Please know, Jennifer will ask simple questions, such as are you feeling ill, have you been in contact with someone with Covid-19, have you travelled outside Illinois, and your temperature will be checked. We will keep a log with your name and phone number.
4- And please upon your arrival to the office either use hand sanitizer or wash your hands.
Thank you for your cooperation.