Dear Friends in Christ-

During our Fall Ministry Kick-off, whether you joined us in-person or online, I invited you to look for evidence of “The abundant life” which Jesus offers in John 10. Over the course of the last week, the evidence has been clear: The beauty of the fall colors, the countless combines and fruitful harvest, and the ordinary, everyday blessings which are without number. Last week, someone posted a quote to the effect, “Fall’s beauty does its best to distract us from what’s coming.” And while that might be true, one thing that pandemic-living has taught us (or at least me,) is to live in the present. That is what Jesus suggested in the Sermon on the Mount too: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” While our ministry looks and feels radically different this fall, it is important to remember that God’s faithfulness and his Kingdom are still present and still at work among us; we need only open our eyes and pray for the ability to see, witness, and live in it!

Seeking the Kingdom with you, Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday  
(October 18), you are invited to read: 
1 Samuel 1:9-20; 2:1-10

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