Wednesday, August 24

Almost Weekly Update

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Larry's sermon from many weeks ago suggested that the ten commandments exist because we do the things it states we should not. Perhaps this word from Paul in this upcoming Sunday's lectionary serves the same function. Perhaps this can be a guide to us all as our country continues to wrestle about the war, as individuals and families lose loved ones to violence...whether in France, Iraq or in Chicago. Facing such impossible challenges can sometimes undermine our faith. Let us pray for and with one another always that we might remain strong, firm in the love of Jesus. Let us heap coals of love upon one another.

This will be a busy week for us all. Following this Sunday's service, we will all meet to discuss the current draft of the Reconciler constitution. Please e-mail Larry if you need a copy.

Also, we are still waiting to hear final word, but keep your eyes peeled nonetheless for news about a possible move for Reconciler. Immanuel Lutheran Church on Elmdale has met with the Reconciler pastoral staff about using their side chapel for worship! As much as we have enjoyed the intimacy of worshiping in the chapel at the Community of the Holy Trinity, a more public venue will serve our needs much better. We will keep you up to date with the wheeling and dealing. If all goes well, we will be worshiping at Immanuel in September.

As some may have noticed, Tripp has been posting some of the words of Brother Roger this week. Let us continue in prayer for the Taize community and all who have lost loved ones this week.

God of ages, we praise you for all your servants who, having witnessed to you on earth, now live with you in heaven, remembering especially before you Brother Roger of Taize. Keep us in fellowship with them until we meet with all the faithful in the joy of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-The Pastoral Team