Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—July 7, 2016
From Lynn Logg: I hope all of you had a great 4th of July weekend. It was a beautiful one. We had a family celebration on Sunday and the perfect weather made being outside the entire day exceptionally pleasant.
So…diving right in…in the collect this week, we hear, “…grant that they (your people) may know and understand what they ought to do, and also have the grace and power faithfully to accomplish them…”. Echoing this message in the gospel from Luke, we hear a parable from Jesus which we may be familiar with…the parable about a man who is beaten by robbers and left half dead on the side of the road. A priest and a Levite passed by the man, but it was a Samaritan who was moved to pity, bandaged his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his care.
Whether this Samaritan did what he did because it was what it was what he “ought” to do or felt compelled to do – we don’t know. But it certainly was the Christian thing to do. At this point we don’t know what happens to the man after he recovers and goes on his way. Maybe he pays the kindness he received forward and like a pebble in a pond, the affect radiated out to others.
Many of you know my dad passed away in March. My mom is doing surprisingly well. She’s a strong woman, but in this situation, I just wasn’t sure. Her birthday was June 25th so we had a party (yes, another one!) at our house for her – just me, Doug, our daughter, Jenn and my brother’s family. A couple days later we received a written thank you note from my mom thanking us for having the party and she specifically stated that it made her first birthday without my dad much more bearable. Call me a horrible daughter, but this wasn’t the reason we had the party. Maybe in the recesses of my mind it was there, but all we really wanted to do was celebrate her birthday.
I mentioned last week, “God isn’t surprised by anything that happens in your life”. Last week I interpreted that as things that happen to me in my life. Now, I see that He also isn’t surprised by the effect of things that I do.
In conclusion – I’m inspired by Paul’s letter to the Colossians, “…may you be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worth of the Lord fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work…”. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact Anita Campbell at the office at 908-996-4091 or Vestry Members Amanda Fuhro (956-761-7417) or Lynn Logg (908-894-4398).
Just a reminder: Summer worship schedule has begun: one service at 9:00am, with hymns and other music. Family or friends visiting for the weekend? Invite them to join you for worship at St Thomas!
Many will be traveling throughout the summer. Please remember to help St Thomas Church by keeping your pledge up to date! Also, if you visit another church, please bring back a service leaflet – always nice to see what other churches are doing.