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Vision and Mission 2016

September 29, 2016

 

This Sunday we will celebrate World Communion Sunday, receive the Peacemaking offering, and officially launch our 2017 Stewardship Campaign--all within an hour or so of worship (services at 9 AM and 11:15 AM).   Our focus from Galatians turns to "carrying the burdens of others." There is an important balance required in knowing when to carry another person's burden and when it is simply not your responsibility.   It's very tricky to discern this.   But, generally speaking, God made us for each other and the call that we have in the Gospel of Christ is to be engaged and empathetic with the people in our families and those we encounter on the street who need help because the load they carry is too heavy.

 

I came across this quotation written 500 years ago by Martin Luther, who was speaking on the very text we're addressing on Sunday.   I encourage you to take a few minutes to read and reflect on what he's saying, Luther was brilliant in his theology and he understood how the gospel is mirrored in our day to day relationships. 

 

"If there is anything in us, it is not our own; it is a gift of God. But if it is a gift of God, and it is entirely a debt one owes to love, that is, to the law of Christ.   And if it is a debt owed to love, then I must serve others with it, not myself. Thus my learning is not my own; it belongs to the unlearned and it is the debt I owe them.   My chastity is not my own, it belongs to those who commit sins of the flesh and I am obligated to serve them through it by offering it to God for them, by sustaining and excusing them, and thus with my respectability, veiling their shame before God and man...Thus my wisdom belongs to the foolish, my power to oppressed. Thus my wealth belongs to the poor, my righteousness to sinners... It is with all these qualities that we must stand before God and intervene on behalf of those who do not have them as though clothed with someone else's garment... But.... with the same love, (we) render them service.... for this is what Christ did for us."

(Martin Luther Luther's Works: Lectures on Galatians--1519, vol. 27 p.393.)

 

In the course of my life with you in the past 12 years, I have carried many burdens for people in the congregation.   And so many of you, in turn, have helped me and my wife to carry our burdens when they became extremely heavy.   That's part of the joy and love of a healthy faith community.

 

I hope to see you Sunday morning when some of us may be called on to do some heavy lifting.
Pastor Larry

 

Worship This Sunday

8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements

9:00AM Traditional

10:15 ASF/Fellowship/Operation Christmas Child

11:15AM Contemporary

Sunday school is offered during both services

 

The Burdens We Are Called to Carry

Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-6

 

Upcoming Events:

·        October 4th, 1pm, Fellowship Commission meets in Prayer Library

·        October 8th, 8am, Men’s Breakfast Club meets @ Emerald Heights

·        October 8th, 8:15am, RPC serves breakfast @ Mary’s Place

·        October 9th, 10:15am, Deacons meeting in Prayer Library

BLOOD DRIVE: TUES., OCTOBER 25TH, 1-7PM (break 3-3:45pm)

YOU can be the instrument of God’s love for a person having a transplant, being treated for cancer, or a child needing a life-saving surgery.  Location:  Meadowbrook Church (behind Whole Foods) 17944 NE 65th CT, Redmond, WA 98052. APPOINTMENTS: Stella@MeadowbrookChurch.com . Questions:  Call Tina Paul 425-485-5620.

Please remember that the sign-up sheets for: Cookies, Flowers, Mary’s Place and the Mowing Schedule are posted on the bulletin boards at the back of the Sanctuary.

   


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.