A Note from Fr. Galen

Disciples of Good Shepherd,

Thank you to everyone who made Sunday Fun Day a Success!

Christian Formation Members hosted a wonderful End of Summer Sunday party on Sunday after the 10:15 service. The hotdogs, chips, beverages, were delicious. Lakeside Nature Center animals were interesting, diverse, and fun. We had sack races, an egg throw, and of course water balloons and guns to cool us off on a warm afternoon. Many conversed, laughed, and shared stories while sitting in the shade. By 2:00 PM it was cleaned up with everyone on their way home. Once again, Thank You to the committee and vestry members to made it all happen.

The Wisdom from The Letter of James

In this Sunday’s lectionary we heard the wisdom and kindness from The Letter of James. He reminded the Messianic Jews of his day to:

“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.”

“But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.”

His words certain apply to us today because we live in the time of lots of talk by people who try to influence us with lots of loud voices. When we live the life of a Christian we listen, debate, and profess understanding the produces God’s righteousness. One way I’ve found effective is by allowing the silence of God to speak to me, then I remember who’s I am and what I look  like when away from a mirror. And should you become too overwhelmed please take some time to read and reflect on the Prayer of Silence from the Monks of Weston Priory in Vermont.

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