Posts By: Gary McCready

Keeping Score – Pastor Jane – 9.24.2017

My father liked to say – “You can’t tell a player without a scorecard.” While that’s true and important in baseball, there are people who like to keep score, regardless of the game. Particularly in life.

Our Gospel reading this morning takes us to a place that many of us might not be comfortable with. Rather than equal pay for equal work, we’re told that the workers are paid the same regardless of how many hours they’ve put in. And, let’s face it, that’s not necessarily what we’re accustomed to. But is this really what Jesus is saying? If we look at it a bit differently, instead we see a loving, generous God who gives each of us the gracious gift that we don’t deserve, but get anyway. We see God at work. We see God doing his best work. Jesus challenges us to see through God’s eyes – to see what God sees. After all, we’re made in God’s image, but do we actually see others in his image? Do we look for fairness and equity for God’s people…and seek justice on their behalf? Or do we instead see what we’re missing? The story also invites us to look at where we see ourselves – and is a reminder that thankfully God doesn’t have a balance sheet – keeping track of what we do. God loves us and forgives us and cares for us – and at the same time shows us how to care for others.

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Symposium on Race, Hatred and Bigotry

We will gather for special presentations on Saturday, September 23 and will then have our trip to Washington, DC on September 29-30. We will be presenting at the Saturday class, along with guests and shared resources from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith, the Islamic and Sikh communities, the NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Our trip to DC will include a visit to the National Museum of African American History on Friday, September 29. In the evening, we will tour various memorials including stops at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. On Saturday, September 30, our DC guide, Rohulamin Quander, who is a member of one of the oldest African American families in the country, will join us for a dynamic living history presentation that includes a visit to the Frederick Douglass Visitors Center, to Lincoln Park, the first park to honor Lincoln after his death, and to the steps of the Supreme Court to learn more about the dynamic history of race and justice in America. Following lunch at the Capitol building, we will be heading home.

Evening Bible Study – Luther’s Small Catechism.

FALL EVENING BIBLE STUDY – Mondays, October 23 to November 13  

Registration continues for our Monday Evening Bible Study, “By Heart.”  Pastor Jane will be leading our study later in the fall, mark your calendars and join us.

What better way to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation than with this all new course based on Luther’s Small Catechism.  Exploring Scripture and Tradition, Luther’s teaching and his own personal story, will help us be reminded that God’s awesome gift of grace is “for you.”  A deeply personal gift that invites our committed response.

Classes meet Monday evenings, October 23 to November 13 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  New students are always welcome and encouraged.  Sign up on the kiosk or call the Church Office to register.