Summer is here! Even though it officially starts in a few weeks, we have passed the Memorial Weekend, kids are home from school, and the weather has been tremendous. My brother, Cedric, and his wife Josie and son C.J. stopped to visit on their way back from Illinois where they had a week of vacation, and we had a chance to enjoy some time outdoors. Cedric updated me on the winter in Rome, New York, where he tells me they had 110 inches of snow. I let him know that I did get out the shovel once this past winter. We are so blessed, aren't we?
This summer we will be sharing some topical themes during the morning services and going back to the Common Lectionary in the fall. Just to remind you that you can still read the weekly readings, I will list them below:
- June 4 Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-35, 1 Corinthians 12:3-13, John 20:19-23
- June 11 Genesis 1:1-2:4, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-17, Matthew 28:16-20
- June 18 Genesis 18:1-15, Psalm 100, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35-10:8
- June 25 Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, Romans 6:1-11, Matthew 10:24-39
Since we have a variety of special events this June, I will be preaching for those events rather than the Lectionary or the topical themes. Here is the schedule for June:
- June 4 Pentecost Sunday - Acts 2:1-21 “Who Was There That Day?”
- June 11 One Great Hour of Sharing - Matthew 25:31-46 “You Are Here!”
- June 18 Father's Day - Matthew 6:9-15 “Our Father in Heaven...”
- June 25 Baptism of Bob Tustin - Romans 6:1-11 “On Getting the Whole Job Done”
I would like to invite all the adults to think about joining our summer combined Bible Fellowship class at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. We will be reading a modern day fable by Clayton Sullivan with title, Jesus and the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church. Dr. Sullivan was a professor of philosophy and religion at the University of Southern Mississippi. While the book’s theme has to do with racial segregation in the south during the 1960s, the book can be an interesting springboard to events of our own time. We will be thinking of these issues through the lens of the teachings of Jesus and His parables as well, and I think you will find the discussion challenging and rewarding.