From the Desktop of the Pastor – Week of the 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Hi everyone,

So I am gearing up for my holidays and am getting really excited to leave on a boat this afternoon with my family, my siblings and their families, and our mom. There will be 19 of us total and I have every intention to take that ship by storm.

And by “take that ship by storm” I mean that we might take some time to play a lot of video games.

I know, it sounds like a waste, but these games are something that I grew up with, and grew up with my brother and one of my brother-in-laws (we go way back). So we’re planning on bringing our systems and playing some old school games, back when I was really good at them still.

Like I mentioned in a previous blog post, my gaming skills have been lacking on current games, but the old games that I grew up with? Well, let’s just say that y’all better recognize!

(That is to say that I’m pretty good at them if I do say so myself, and so you’ll want me on your team).

Here are the readings for next week:
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Psalm 34:15-22
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69

Here we see people putting their trust in God. They weren’t born with this trust, mind you, but it seems like they had to be convinced that God is the one who is worthy of our devotion and dedication.
And convinced they were, as the ancient Israelite proclaim, “far be it from us to forsake the Lord,” and the disciples declare, “to whom can we go?”. This is why Paul says that we can find strength in God and strength in God’s power.
Because God has proved to be reliable, truthful, faithful, and above all, loving. That love is a power that can sustain us through our service, through our community, and through our entire lives. It does, it has, and it always will. This is a truth that we can most definitely trust in. So who else can we go to? It is God who has the words of eternal life. Let’s revel in that truth and allow our faith to be formed by it!
I’ll be thinking of you all as I cruise up our coastline, and then also maybe as I cruise back. See you in a couple weeks!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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