Sunday, June 26, 2016
Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Scripture: Luke 9:51-62
One of my college friends has 8 children (!)—which means she is pretty fun to follow on Facebook. I especially enjoyed the glimpse of her life that she shared yesterday: “Sunday night dinner is usually leftovers/fend for yourself around our house. I was running through a list of possible meals with [my oldest] and he says, "I'll come back in 30 minutes when my standards have lowered."
You know, there are times to “dream big” and “reach for the stars” and abide by all those sentiments that fit nicely on an inspirational poster for your office. But then, there are times for reality checks. There are times to dig into the life we’ve been given—with all its imperfections—and make the most of it. (I call these a “step away from the Pinterest” moments). There are times to let go of old dreams and look ahead. Seasons for moving onward and upward.
We might have to recognize, in those times, that our own expectations are the heaviest things we carry. And the hardest things to let go.
As Luke tells it, Jesus “set his face toward Jerusalem.” His time was growing short, and it was time for a reality check: what could he actually accomplish in the time remaining? And if he could only do a few things (or one thing)--what was most important?
It’s amazing what takes on urgency--and what falls away—when your life gets put in perspective. Come Sunday and we’ll talk about how our faith helps us find, and keep that kind of life-shaping perspective. We may find that it’s time to make a big change, or just a few small ones. Or we might find that we already have exactly what we need.
Sometimes, with a little shifting of expectations, that leftover chicken leg starts to look like a feast. And isn’t that good news?
Our Shalom Statement
Saint Andrew Christian Church is a shalom community; a gathered people, seeking God’s peace, justice, healing, and wholeness in every part of our lives and world.
Celebrating our diversity, rejoicing in our unity, we welcome and affirm all children of God of any color, class, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability, or thought.
As members of the family of God, we share our beliefs, doubts, struggles, and growth.
Recipients of God’s boundless grace, forgiveness, and love, we in turn offer our gifts and invite the fellowship, gifts, leadership, and spirit of all who share God’s passion for shalom.
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