Matthew 5:1-12 | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 | Psalm 15 | Micah 6:1-8
Jesus begins his ministry by talking about blessedness. This is a tremendously good thing, because often times when take on a new task in the church, I don't feel particularly blessed. My first steps are usually timid and searching, always wondering if this is the right thing to do. And not only that the path itself can be downright rocky.
We've come along way however in this presbytery. The path may have begun a bit rocky--with walls being torn down both literally (in the office) and figuratively (in our presbytery structures). (That reference was for Jeff Schulz from my first presentation to the presbytery from Mark 13:2). But we are now at a different place entirely. There is a blessedness in our work that I believe is born of the kinds of struggles we've engaged in together for the sake of the gospel. Things are changing, improving, getting clearer--and that's a blessing to be a part of. God is good, and we are blessed.
"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are--no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought." The Message
Continue to pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ at Calvary and the Vietnamese Presbyterian Church (fellowship), and for Sandy Patten (spouse of Rev. Jim Patten, Newport) and Helen Nash (Newport elder and spouse of Rev. Jerry Nash who died recently).
Revised Daily Lectionary | Psalm 15
Th: Deuteronomy 16:18-20 | 1 Peter 3:8-12
Fri: Deuteronomy 24:17-25:4 | 1 Timothy 5:15-24
Sat: Micah 3:1-4 | John 13:31-35