This week’s scripture reading comes from the early years of the Christian community. The Letter of James speaks to our all too human tendency to treat some people better than others, because of wealth, influence or appearance. While this is unfortunate in any group, it is especially unhealthy in the community of faith. The writer says that our failure to treat all people with love and care is a judgment on our faith. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Welcome?” is James 2:1-17.
The second Sunday of September is traditionally Rally Sunday, or Homecoming Sunday, in many American churches. It marks the end of summer and the start of a new season of grace in our lives. There will be refreshments out on the patio after the 8:30 service, as well as fun and games with the children.
At 11:15 please join us for the Groundbreaking Ceremony, which will take place just inside the construction fence at the end of the patio. There will be a service of readings, prayer and blessing over the “official” start of our new construction. We will be welcoming a number of neighbors and guests to celebrate with us. Afterward, there will be time for taking photographs with hard hats and shovels for anyone who would like to do so. There will be lemonade, sparkling cider, delicious roll-up sandwiches and other treats to share.
After 3rd service, don’t forget Second Sunday Supper, featuring chicken and sides from L & L Barbecue. All you can eat for $5/person or $15/family. Come, enjoy worshiping together, and feel free to stay a while!
See you at church!