Judy and I spent last week at Synod School, which is held each year at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA. It was a great week, and you should go next year. The best way to explain Synod School, is that it is a combination intergenerational summer church camp/college mini-course/elder hostel type experience. They have a program for everyone from infants to senior citizens, with worship, lectures, music, sports, art, etc. etc. I took a preaching course in the morning and a drawing course in the afternoon.
The theme for the week was “Belonging to God.” It is a simple enough idea, by our baptism, we belong to God, but it has profound implications. If we all belong to God, then we are permanently linked to one another with an unbreakable bond. We do indeed become our brother’s and sister’s keeper. We have to shift away from thinking about what is best for me and mine to what is best for us and ours. You will probably hear me mentioning these ideas, again and again, over the coming months.
If you would like the chance to do some “externally serving” by swinging a hammer or sawing some wood, we are having a work day at the Habitat for Humanity house on this coming Saturday, August 3rd, starting at 8:00 a.m. The house is located here in Marion at 175 19th St. Even if you could help for a few hours, that would be great. If you want some more information contact Craig Brown.
We have been hosting three families this week with Family Promise. I am sure there is still help needed with them. Contact Sheila Myers if you can help.
We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper in worship on Sunday, a wonderful demonstration of belonging to God and to one another. Sam Raiche will be singing. My sermon is based on Luke 12:13-21, the parable commonly called “The Rich Fool.” My sermon title is “Thought-Less.”
Stay in One Peace,