As we come to the end of August and look ahead to fall, amid the customary hopes and expectations for a new school and church program year, we are feeling the weight of this prolonged season of responding to the virus, and the ways it is changing our lives and upending our usual patterns.
It is in just such times of challenge that our faith gives us support and strength, while also calling us to live out our faith with greater dedication. This Sunday’s reading is from the letter of James, a passage that asks us to “be doers of the word and not hearers only.” This is linked to the great commandment of Christ that our church is taking up as a new mission motto: Love God. Love our Neighbors. One of the ways we can be doers of the word is to look for new and daily ways to love our neighbors, those we encounter through our day and those farther afield in pressing need.
While many of the New Testament Scriptures emphasize the grace by which we are saved, the letter of James is more interested in what we do with that grace, and with our faith; what difference we can make in our church and our community and in our world.
I hope you will join us for worship, whether in the sanctuary or with us online, as we are strengthened by one another’s faith and by the Spirit’s presence. Together, with God’s help, we will find our way through all that this season is holding.
May God grant you peace,