Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

This morning was brilliant, blue, and cool, the sun shining early, and birds kicking off a major choral extravaganza starting around 4:30 a.m. I have infinite hope that today someone somewhere will figure out how to end the BP oil mess in the Gulf, and I pray with infinite hope that many, many people will lend helping hands for the dwellers along the shores and marshes there, human and otherwise.

We had a peaceful, thoughtful Council meeting last night at church. And I was glad for the privilege of being amongst a group of people, in one small corner of the world, who care deeply about God, each other and their neighbors.

I’ve been thinking about resources for the summer, and want to commend the following website to you. It’s a wonderful resource out of Valparaiso University, a Lutheran school, and is a project that began about ten years ago. I use it frequently, and I think it’s time to pursue it more intentionally in our congregation, but we’ll see how that goes. In the meantime, if you are interested, it’s a wonderful site, full of thoughtful guidance, good scholarship, interesting discussions, articles on topics for those interested in Christian life. Well worth an on-line visit.

Scriptures for this Sunday include the story of Mary Magdelene, and our focus will be on forgiveness and the wideness of God’s mercy, the compassion of God, as it was this last Sunday. (Of course, that’s the focus every Sunday!)

May the Lord, who makes all things new, renew you this day, enliven your faith, strengthen your courage, and kindle your hearts with even greater love for God and neighbor.
Peace, P.A.

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