Good Tuesday afternoon!  I trust you are doing well during these challenging days!

REview – I’ve attached Sunday’s sermon.  I’ve received a few interesting comments and probing questions.  I’m honored that people would take the time to engage me.  One person texted me that she always (I suspect she doesn’t read my sermons every week!) finds my “approach” interesting and “how you say things clearly without saying things plainly.”  This is an important critique. Read the sermon: Doing the Right Thing and Doing Things Right 28 June 2020 (pdf)

After 40 some years of writing sermons, I’m finding (as I was told through the years would happen) that more emotion is showing up in my sermons.  And, I’m finding myself wanting to speak clearly even as I’m hesitant to speak at all.  Odd.  Maybe I’ve always been a little odd, perhaps an interesting blend of my parents; Mom very emotional and given to words, and Dad mostly reserved, who found it hard to find words.  I love them both and value them still.

PREview – The four readings assigned to Sunday are Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Romans 7:15-25a; and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.  In addition to the Psalm, we will read together on Sunday Romans 7 and Matthew 11.  I hope you’ll find time to ponder these before our “in-home” church service on Sunday at 10 AM.

At 11:15 AM, we will gathering via Zoom for HOLY COMMUNION, which will flow nicely into COFFEE HOUR. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please click on the second (2nd) link below to download.  If you have used Zoom before, click on the first (1st) link or simply use the ID 978 3604 1785 to join.

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In the meantime, ponder the following cute story I found; one of those stories almost too good to be factual, but true, nevertheless!  It is a lovely way of illustrate Jesus’ invitation to “take on his yoke,” which is a line in Sunday’s gospel reading.

A little boy was out helping dad with the yard work. Dad asked him to pick up the rocks in a certain area of the yard. Dad looked over and saw him struggling to pull up a huge rock buried in the dirt. The little boy struggled and struggled while Dad watched. Finally, the boy gave up and said, “I can’t do it.” Dad asked, “Did you use all of your strength?” The little boy looked hurt and said, “Yes, sir. I used it all.” The father smiled and said, “No you didn’t. You didn’t ask me to help.” The father walked over and then the two of them pulled that big rock out of the dirt.

Yoked to the right partner is key to moving heavy objects, I guess.  Hope to see you Sunday at 10 AM (Facebook, Premiere) and at 11.15 AM for Zoom Holy Communion.

Blessings,
Pastor Tom