This Sunday we begin, once more, to journey through the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew’s compilation of the wisdom sayings and teachings of Jesus. Much of this testimony has made it into the vernacular. Matthew has Jesus, like Moses before him, ascend the mountain to receive and proclaim the word of God. By the time we’re through chapters 5, 6, and 7, Jesus will have laid down the law. Still it’s significant that Matthew Jesus begin his discourse with blessing. So much more than controlling us and punishing us for our failures, Jesus teaches that God wants to bless us. Basically, he’s saying blessed are those who see God’s design for creation and choose to embrace it as their way of life. They will be rewarded with an ever closer walk with God. Surely these are words of responsibility, possibility, and blessings for our times.
Adult Spiritual Formation will not meet this week in lieu of our annual meeting. Please be here for important updates on the state of our congregation. The flowing Sunday we will begin a study of the Parables of Jesus in ASF, so you may want to read up on that subject.
See you Sunday at 10 AM for worship and Sunday School, followed by the Annual Meeting.
Our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.
PS We’ve started to gather some greeting cards for church use. If you have any your willing to donate, they will greatly appreciated and put to good use in a card ministry for our congregation and friends.