Storms are on the Horizon

Jesus is on a mission, and on the move. Jesus signals a shift to his followers with a simple phrase, “Let us go across to the other side.” It is more than a change in venue. From this point on in Mark, Jesus is an itinerant preacher and healer, leaving the comfort and security of home to carry out his mission. And this is Jesus’ first foray in Mark into territory that might be considered inappropriate, even dangerous, the Gentile territory of the Gerasenes. All of this is probably not what the disciples had in mind. They had already stepped out of their comfort zone by leaving home and family and livelihood to follow Jesus. Surely the rest of discipleship will be holding hands in prayer circ

The Smallest of Seeds

Happy Father’s Day! Today we celebrate all our fathers. Of course, we must also celebrate mothers, because without their help, fatherhood would not be possible. And if you came from a mother and a father, which should be all of us, you are also doing your part. In these primarily Hallmark occasions, we celebrate God’s activity in the continuing miracle of creation. We also celebrate the special role dads play in the family. For Father’s Day, one Dad suggested that the family get him a gift the whole family could get something out of. So they did. They got him a new wallet. Many of you refer to me as “father”, yet each Sunday and especially around stewardship season, on behalf of the Church,

The Family of God, Broad and Boundless

In our parish survey last Fall, one of the major points expressed was the desire to add young families and children to our community. This makes perfect sense in an aging congregation. From where will our new members come? Some of our younger members are growing the Church the old fashioned way. I am delighted to announce the birth of Louis Sapp on June 1, who will be baptized at St. Paul’s this Fall. The Sapp’s are doing their part, the rest of you need to get to work! Before you laugh and scoff, remember Abraham and Sarah, who gave birth in their old age. With God all things are possible. Be careful what you wish for ... God works in mysterious ways. Scripture backs up our desire for young

Observe the Sabbath and Keep it Holy

Back in the day ... you know someone is reminiscing about good times past when they start that way. Back in the day, the only organization open on Sunday that would accept your money was the Church. Almost all businesses were closed. “Open 7 days a week” or “24/7” wasn’t part of our vocabulary back then. Sunday lunch was always at home. Of course, Mom or Grandma had to work on the Sabbath to prepare a meal, but this was a labor of love. I spent summers on my Grandfather’s farm in North Carolina, Mom’s dad. Paw Paw was a subsistence farmer with only a third grade education, and he grew and raised almost everything we ate. It was hard work, six days a week. Only six days a week, because Paw P

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