The late, great southern writer, Walker Percy,
once said, "You can get all "A"s and still flunk life."
In a way, this is what Jesus teaches in the parable we consider this
Sunday. What the world might applaud as meritorious, isn't always what is most
important in God's eyes. I was sent into some deep personal reflection
when someone asked me: "What does it mean for someone to be a
successful Pastor?" That's not easy for me to answer. I'll ask you a
similar question: "What does it mean for you to be a successful
In many ways these
probing questions are awkward because we've been taught so well that the Gospel
is something God does for us (salvation) , not something we do for God.
We receive his grace as a free gift. Right? But then there
are biblical messages, as the texts we'll consider this Sunday, which seem to
indicate that faith requires a faithful response. So while we might not
'earn' our salvation, we certainly are expected to reflect the fruits of that
gracious gift in our lives.
So, what shape is your
day by day faith in? How goes your own discipleship to Christ?
Consider the personal question that comes from the parable of Jesus:
"Are you awake?" I hope you get a good night's sleep on
Saturday's warm summer night --and in the 10AM hour we'll talk about what it
means to be awake. We'll also enjoy the music of the Mary Magdalene
Choir, along with our pianist/organist, Mike Smith. We're going to wake
up the place!
Looking for your alert,
smiling faces on Sunday morning, Pastor Larry
THE CHOIR FROM MARY'S PLACE TODAY
The choir from the Church of Mary Magdalene joins us today to worship and
provide music for our service. We are thrilled to have them here.
Immediately following the service we will be having a luncheon and would
like to have everyone attend. We will get a chance to meet choir members
and to hear about all the exciting things happening at Mary's Place.
Windows to The Kingdom:
Are You Awake?
5:14-17; Matthew 25:1-13
Our youth group, Stefan De Villiers, Sarah
Keough, Chris Sieling, Adrian Sieling, Maura Duoos, with Brittany McCormick,
Seth Ahnert and Dae Shik Kim left Wednesday for a mission to Tierra
Nueva in Burlington, WA. Tierra Nueva (New
Earth) is an ecumenical Christian ministry located in Burlington, Washington,
that seeks to share the good news of God’s freedom in Jesus Christ with people
on the margins (immigrant, inmates, ex-offenders, the homeless) and mainstream
people through its five ministries. We are dedicated to proclaiming the
Good News of God's reign (on earth as it is in heaven) with the oppressed for
our mutual liberation, healing, empowerment, and total salvation. The youth group will
return Saturday. To find out more about Tierra Nueva, the core values,
the five ministries and other wonderful information go to their awesome
Upcoming Events for the following: RPC
2015 Summer Services schedule (6-11-15); and Windows to the Kingdom: Probing Questions the
Parables of Jesus Asks
- July 6th – July 9th, Vacation Bible
Study @ Holy Cross Episcopal Church
a pick up and trailer for RPC’s entry into Redmond Derby Days Parade! Please
contact Betty Koenig, footcareCL@aol.com.
now open for “Discovery Canyon” Vacation Bible Camp!
July 6-9, 2015
Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 11526 162nd Avenue NE, Redmond
Children, ages 4 – 10
volunteers: Youth 11 and older and adults
at the Children’s Ministries table in the sanctuary or download a form, click here
$25 per child. (Family rate: $40.)
Want to relive the joyous moments from the
April 26th 50th Anniversary Celebration? Many thanks to
Don Thompson for filming this event. To view a video of the service, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.