My apologies for the delay in this week’s Midweek Message. I have been significantly slowed by the bad cold I came down with last Friday. Every time I think I am better and get things going, I have some sort of relapse. This cold seems as persistent as the widow in last week’s parable. The judgment appears to be rest and fluids. I hope you all are fairing better than I have been.
Still, life goes on. I suspect that last weekend’s rain – delightful as it was – kept some of you home, warm and dry. Now that you’ve had a reminder that water does occasionally fall from the sky, I hope to see you this Sunday, rain or shine. This week, we will consider the familiar tale of the Pharisee and the Publican. If there was ever a story Jesus told, which might speak to us, this is one. The risk of self-righteousness comes to too many of us too frequently. Without adopting an abject self-criticism, how might the simple prayer, “God have mercy on me, a sinner” speak to us wherever we find ourselves?
Sunday we will also hold our quarterly all church gathering. It can be a business meeting, since we do have to conduct the business of the church from time to time. I know that some of you hear “church business meeting” and run the other way. Sunday we have no business to debate and vote on. Instead, we want to spend time reviewing the first year of our Renewal Project and envisioning what the coming year might be like, building on the foundation laid in year one. So we would really like everyone to be a part of this conversation. It affects us all as we try to assess what it means to be FBCPA now and what we would like for it to be moving forward. Whether or not you’re an official church member you belong to our community and your participation is invaluable.
Come for Sunday for Worship and Sunday School at 10 AM and stay for the important presentation and conversation to follow.