June 21, 2020 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Everything remains on our current schedule. 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288
Devotion & Prayer Thought
I’m sorry for the somewhat personal reflection here. Something came across my reading material this week, that reminded me of another instance, which fed into the Jeremiah reading. The Catholic chaplain at MIT was fired this week for his sermon. I read through his sermon. My reflection was it was incredibly solid. It called out sin. It pointed to Christ. It encouraged us to do better in our walk with Christ. It reminded me of an instance in the news about two years ago of another minister getting removed over a funeral sermon. I had read that too and was shocked. He had preached the gospel exceedingly well. It was an example of what I’d want at my funeral. But it had fallen on deaf ears who took it up with his bishop. The sermon was offensive they held because it didn’t celebrate the life of the deceased. Instead it held out Christ as his and all of our only hope. And bishops being what they so often are banished the gospel.
Jeremiah reflects a bit on what I’m sure both of those preachers thought after getting caught in the spotlight. “O Lord, you have deceived me, and I was deceived…I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name.” But if it is the gospel in your bones Jeremiah continues, “there is in my heart a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot.” I have been graced with a pulpit where the gospel is welcomed. I remind myself that this is probably not the standard. And we should be reminded that the gospel is a scandal – a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the gentiles. Yet it remains mankind’s hope. And while Jeremiah gives voice to what is surely felt “ O Lord…let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you I have I committed my cause”, Christ would remind us that the day of judgment comes soon enough. Today, the day of grace, love your enemies, pray for them.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: June 22nd – June 28th
Mon., Wed., Fri.: ……… 8:00am Preschool
Thursday: …………….. 10:00am Bible Study
Saturday: ……………… 9:00am Rummage Sale
9:00am Bible Study and Sunday School
- Thurs 10am: : We are reading the book of Zechariah, the OT Revelation and the most quoted from book in the passion accounts in the NT. We are up to Chapter 5, both live in person and on zoom. Same link as the service. The start time is 10, but we probably talk 15 mins or so first. Everyone is invited!
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Keep a look out here and in your email for future plans for LAF.
- Confirmation: Will return in the fall – September
- Sunday Morning: We’ve taken a little break, which I’ve needed to make sure things are set up prior to service. This will return, but it might be September as well. Pending the pandemic course, there are some things with our Sunday schedule that we might have to address.
- Catechism Moment: I hope you are all receiving these and find them meaningful or at least a good prod to the memory.
RUMMAGE SALE … June 27th
We are now accepting donations for the Rummage Sale; they can be dropped off in the Multipurpose Room. This event will be held outside. If you would like to help with this please contact Miss Kelly.
It is mowing season again (it beats shoveling season!) and at St. Mark we ask the men of the congregation to donate a few hours to cut the grass. The good news is that we have a riding lawn mower for the majority of the work. This summer’s mowing calendar is now posted on the bulletin board (across from the Conference Room windows); please take a moment to look at it and enter your assigned date on your personal calendar. Friday or Saturday mowing is the preferred timeframe. We ask that you make arrangements with someone else on the schedule if you have a previous commitment on the date you are assigned. There is a white tin in the News Nest that contains a key for the church and the padlock combination as well as Jerry’s cell number for an emergency. If you have any questions please contact Jerry Gardner.