Folks, I'm not going to lie. It was GREAT sitting on a beach in South Texas last week. Don't get me wrong. I missed each of you dearly...but that beach sure was awesome! My family experienced a much-needed time of relaxing and refueling before the fall hits.
But the joy of the week off turned to sadness over the weekend when I returned home and checked on the news. We live in divided times, to be sure, but there is no excuse in defending ideas and actions that cause harm to others. So while the time away was refreshing, the return home reminds me that our work as the Body of Christ in this world is never over. May we be people of grace, and may we find strength in God as we live into the promise made in our Christian baptism to fight the power of evil at work in the world. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to find a way to express kindness this week. Pray for an opportunity to show mercy. Offer a loving word to someone who is fundamentally different than you. Pray for your enemies. And may we all reach to touch the afflicted and marginalized in the powerful name of Christ. Amen.
I want to make you aware of a local need. Center of Hope Parker County is facing a food shortage in their pantry. If you've ever been over to CoH, you know they provide a great service in feeding the hungry and needy in our community. Each time I have visited in the past, their pantry shelves have been full to the brim due to the generosity of folks and businesses who give regularly. This summer has been a time of great need, however, and so the shelves are nearly bare. Here's where you come in. If you can, please bring non-perishable food items with you to church this week (or next). Bring them to worship, Men's Breakfast, Pastor's Bible Study, Youth Group, Women's Dinner on Thursday night, etc. CoH blesses countless people in Parker County, and we want to support them in this holy work. Thanks for being Christ's hands and feet!
Rev. Jon and Amber Reeves