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|Asbury Woods and the Boy Scouts at work|
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’In the second part of the passage, Jesus explains to his disciples that it is very difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. I don’t know for sure, but I imagine the disciples weren’t rich. For them, and for the audience of Mark, these words probably were comforting. But for us, people who live in the most prosperous country in the world – people who rarely have to worry about where our next meal is coming from and if we will have a place to sleep or clothes to wear tomorrow – these words are troubling.
I was at Covenant Council last weekend, and our new bishop talked about Colossians 3:12-17. She said it was her "life scripture."
Have you read Psalm 22? It is one of the lectionary readings for this week.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?It breaks your heart to hear the desperation and sadness in the words.
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
Text from hymn this Sunday... it was used as an invitation to communion. Poetry written by Susan Bentall Boersma.
|Our neighbors' flowers|
Speaking the darkness of faith is a daring, and faithful, act. (J.S. Randolph Harris)The devotional also quotes Paul E. Capetz:
Paradoxically, even a loss of faith may reflect a more genuine engagement wtih God than a faith that refuses to allow itself to be so tested.What is your reaction to those two statements?
My post today is about membership.
|New River from Grandview State Park|
This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you? James 3:7-12Have you ever looked at this passage in the light of the church? Mark, the leader yesterday, encouraged us to consider the voice of the church and how it can gush salt water instead of fresh water. How can we provide clear, cool, living water to people through our churches?
This is World Communion Sunday. The current entry on the Painted Prayerbook is called 'And the Table is Wide.' You can see it