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On this warm Sunday morning, we will celebrate communion and enjoy some special music offered by our choir director and organ/pianist.  My sermon will address Jesus' underlying strategy of using parables in his ministry.  Why parables, since they are cryptic, difficult, and require so much personal engagement from hearers?  Jesus was asked this question by his disciples themselves. His answer has a lot to do with the Gospel requiring responsiveness from those Jesus encounters.  

 

Presbyterian theologian and writer, Frederick Buechner, tells of the time when he was invited to teach a class at Harvard Divinity School.  He was surprised to find that most of the Harvard students in his class were wrapped up in one social cause or another, but completely lacking in a desire to pursue God himself.  Not only was the fact that he opened his class with prayer considered controversial and ridiculous by many of the students (makes one wonder why they were in Divinity school at all), but Buechner says that when he looked out at the class they reminded him of a bunch of dead fish on cracked ice, with their eyes looking back at him in a glazed over stare.  His scathing review reminds me of Jesus parabolic purpose: he wanted people to be engaged with the dawning of the kingdom of God in his person.  And if their eyes were glazed over as he was telling his parable of the kingdom, he knew they were not ready for primetime.  

 

Are we?  Are we alive, responsive, and open to God? This is what I'm going to be talking about on Sunday and I don't plan to pull any punches.  I must also ask the same question of myself regarding my responsive to God's promptings in my life. To paraphrase the words of Jesus from Matthew 11:13,  "Those that respond and receive will get even more, and those who do not respond will get nothing; and even the nothing they have will be taken away from them."

 

Let's respond to the gift, the life, the opportunity that is right before us in our place and time.  The Lord wants to bless our lives, but we must respond to his call and promptings.  Attending worship on Sunday is a good way to take a step in the direction of responsiveness.  I hope to see many of you at 10 o'clock in our sanctuary.  Pastor Larry

 

Worship Sunday

10AM Summer Worship

11:15 Fellowship in Upper Room, CE Bldg.

 

Do You Have An Open Mind and a Supple Heart?

2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Matthew 13:10-23

 

Upcoming Events:

  • August 8, Saturday, 8 AM Men’s Breakfast Club @ Emerald Heights

  • August 8, Saturday, 8:15 AM Serve breakfast @ Mary’s Place

  • September 13, Homecoming

  • September 27, Ministry Fair

     

    Note: The August/September newsletter will be coming out this weekend!

     

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GJaYukcNIeSqy0hSeABr59xuiQAiV8TKuJ6eifescuo/edit?usp=sharing  The aforementioned address is to a spread sheet addressing the needs of our sponsored 10th grade girl, named Cassidy at Y Family Village. Please read the article in this weekend’s bulletin. If you have questions, contact Sally Bastine; 425-868-9871 or sally_bas@hotmail.com. Sally needs to collect donated items by August 16th.

 

 

   

Also, "A Pastoral Letter to Members and Friends of the Presbyterian  Church (U.S.A.) " from Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator published March 17th, 2015, click here

 

 

Mission Project: Meals for the Homeless     

Providing food for Mary’s Place, a day shelter for homeless women in Seattle.  RPC provides breakfast every second Saturday of the month throughout the year.  Any questions about mission should be directed to Sandee Palmquist 425-867-1310 or email sandee.palmquist@comcast.net.