I don’t know about you, but I strongly relate to the father in our reading from yesterday (Mark 9:14-29). Facing the certain death of his son and pleading with Jesus, he begs, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” So much in this life could overwhelm us and distract us from trusting fully and completely in Jesus. We know that he is willing and able, but we think that something could go wrong if we relinquish our power and control.
This is the value of congregational life that supports individual faith. We gather for the services of God’s house to be renewed by Word and Sacraments. We support one another and are supported through mutual conversation and consolation. We are strengthened as we hear the Word for ourselves and share it with others to comfort them. Jesus has given us the whole church to encourage and bolster our faith when we cry out: “Help my unbelief.” I hope you will take full advantage of these gifts and benefits given by the gracious hand of God to insure true faith that leads to everlasting life.
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To prepare for worship on Sunday
(July 29), you are invited to read: