Pastoral Post 3.5.2016

OK, so I’m late this week. My excuse is it’s been a busy week, and I’m sticking with it! But there are a few things I want to remind you of on this Saturday evening.

I continue to hear words of appreciation for the daily devotions in our “Pilgrimage With Paul” series. It is very special to me to have a scripture and devotional written by one of our church family members to read each morning. I hope Paul is becoming more real and understandable for each person who is giving some of their time to read and study, as well as to attend Sunday School for the Adam Hamilton study on Paul that most classes are doing. When we arrive at Easter, I think there will be new insights!

I’ve been finishing up the sermon for tomorrow (My usual Saturday routine). We’ll be considering Paul and the Church in Corinth. Paul founded the church and spent 18 months there, a long time for him. He loved the church. He was distressed that the church was torn and divided, and, from Ephesus where he was nurturing along the church there, he wrote a letter addressing the divisive issues. We call this letter 1 Corinthians, but it was quite possibly the second letter he wrote to them. It seems that one letter was lost. In fact, Paul evidently wrote 4 or more letters to the Corinthians.

So tomorrow we find him offering the solution to the division—it’s love. In perhaps the most well known chapter in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, Paul writes that “Love is patient and kind…” Paul tells us how the followers of Christ are expected to live. It’s a message we need to hear. Patience and kindness are in short supply in public life today.

 Tomorrow is One Great Hour of Sharing, which is observed each year on the 4th Sunday of Lent. The special offering of the day goes to supply the operating expenses for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the disaster response arm of the United Methodist Church.UMCOR is present in countries all over the world, including our own, when there are earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters, as well as in refugee situations. When you are moved to give to a specific disaster appeal, you can know 100% of that gift goes to direct aid for that disaster, because the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering covers all the basic operating expenses. More info atwww.umcgiving.org/OGHS.       

So I’ll see you tomorrow on Pilgrimage With Paul!       

Sandy

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