The details of God’s knowing are comprehensive. Sitting, standing, thinking, walking, sleeping, speaking, God knows it all. Which makes sense, because God is the one who has fearfully and wonderfully made the writer of this song.
So I hope you will have enough faith in the future – in the excitement of calling and working with a new settled pastor, in the satisfying work of making the goals of the strategic plan a reality, in exploring the new ways you might be called to be the church, and most of all, in God’s ongoing care for Christ’s church – to commit your time, your talent and yes, your treasure, to ensuring that this is a vital UCC congregation for years to come.
The Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat isn’t an easy one, and so, before I deal with the parable itself, I want to say a little about the gospels and their authors. The word “gospel” comes from an Old English word meaning “good news,” so what we have in the gospels is the good news about Jesus Christ. And we have it in not one but four different versions. Each version contains the good news, according to a particular author, and I’m sure we can all reel off their names: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
It feels as if the end of our time together is coming very quickly. I am very aware that I will be with you for just four more Sundays, after today. As I read the lectionary readings for this week,I decided to take a break from Matthew and his love ofjudgment, to focus on the kinder, gentler words of Paul, in his letter to the church at Philippi.
Shrove Tuesday, sometimes referred to as “Fat” Tuesday, is the day before Lent begins. Some associate this day with Mardis Gras, others with a time of repentance. Many think of it as time for a Pancake Supper! Come by Fellowship Hall on February 13th anytime between 5 PM and 7 PM and enjoy a pancake supper. Donations are always appreciated and will go to the Lakeview School.
Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent and a more somber occasion. Attend a short Ash Wednesday service at 7 PM on February 14th and receive ashes or a blessing as we remember our mortality (“ashes to ashes, dust to dust”) and our mission to love as Jesus loved.
Join us on six Sunday afternoons (February Feb. 18 & 25; March 4, 11, 18 & 25th ) from 4-6 pm in Fellowship Hall as we discuss the book, The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by William Barber & John Wilson-Hartgrove. In this thoughtful book, a “modern-day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America’s racial divide.”