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Unforced rhythms of grace

In our passage from Matthew's gospel this week, we encounter a Jesus who speaks woe to the cities where he has healed and proclaimed his message of repentance - a call to a radical reorientation of life.  


But these woes of Jesus are not the final word - No, the good news finds its place among the unpretentious, not the wise and intelligent - from whom it’s hidden.

Jesus invites us all to a new way of life, where that radical reorientation looks like this:

"Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
(Matt. 11: 28-30, The Message)

This new life requires us to walk with Jesus, to watch and learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  It requires us to keep company with Jesus... and in doing so, to learn what it really means to live.

 

Scriptures for Sunday:

Wisdom 7: 22 - 8:1 (see below)
Matthew 11: 20-30


Consider reading Matthew chapters 11-12 as you prepare for worship this week.


COMMUNION will be celebrated this Sunday - prepare your hearts and minds.  All who seek are welcomed to partake (all elements are gluten free).
MOMENTS OF JOY...

Celebrating Bonnie Kline-Smeltzer retirement with Jes Kast; Schonberg's enjoying first corn of the summer; Sally and Mark playing at Arts Fest.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AT UMC :

POTLUCK this Sunday, 7/31 - All are welcome to join us for a Fellowship Picnic after the worship service in Tussey View Park (behind the church). Bring a side dish to share (grilled meat, paper products and water will be supplied), and your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. If your food should be kept cold, please keep it in a cooler and take it directly from your car to the park. In case of rain we will have our picnics downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.


Walnut Springs work day.  Join us in continuing the work of removing invasive plants and preparing space for fall plantings.  Wednesday, August 3, 9-11 AM.  Everyone welcomed to come work!

PSU PATHWAYS instructor Emily welcomes conversation partners with English language learners - in person or on zoom. Contact Emily HERE for more information.

MC USA materials: Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA wrote a recent blog post "Abortion and the third way".  Click HERE to read.  Also, Yale Divinity school replayed a podcast on "What Does the Bible say about abortion" recently that holds the complexity of this subject and gives in-depth history.  Click HERE to listen.


Zoom links:

Tuesday Sharing and Prayer 
Sunday morning service 
You Tube channel

Image from James Webb telescope - revelation of millions of galaxies

 Wisdom of Solomon 7: 22- 8:1

…for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me. 

There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, 

unique, manifold, subtle, 

mobile, clear, unpolluted, 

distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, 

irresistible, beneficent, humane, 

steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, 

all-powerful, overseeing all, 

and penetrating through all spirits 

that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle. 

 

For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; 

because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. 

 For she is a breath of the power of God, 

and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; 

therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. 

For she is a reflection of eternal light, 

a spotless mirror of the working of God, 

and an image of God’s goodness. 

 

 Although she is but one, she can do all things, 

and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; 

in every generation she passes into holy souls 

and makes them friends of God, and prophets; 

 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. 

 

She is more beautiful than the sun, 

and excels every constellation of the stars. 

Compared with the light she is found to be superior, 

for it is succeeded by the night, 

but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

 

She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,

and she orders all things well.

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Kate
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