We remember today the apostleship of Peter and Paul. They were very different men and arrived at their apostleship in very different ways. They didn’t even get along
particularly well. But both found the gospel calling them out from the grave. In all this, Jesus is more patient than we know. He waited, John points out, until breakfast was finished before he began his beautiful and shattering questioning of Peter. “Do you love me?” That is not a question one answers between mouthfuls of fish. Jesus waited. So with Paul, it wasn’t until he was on the Damascus road that Jesus knocked him down and struck him blind. Jesus waited. This patience must be part of the wisdom of the Good Shepherd. Indeed, as Jesus’ charge to Peter makes clear, the call of the Christian is to have the heart of a shepherd for God’s people, to seek, to call, to wait.
Message from Worship at Good Sam on the minor festival of Peter and Paul, Apostles June 29, 2014
“Fully Formed In Faith”
All around us people face difficult times. Surely we too will face struggle and challenge in our turn. The question is not if we will have hardship, but what community, what support, what strength of faith will already be in place to see us through those times? Because God cares for those who love him, knowing the number of hairs on our heads, surely God is busy today preparing and providing what we will need tomorrow to face the hurdles that will come. Can we be the kind of people who have enough love and trust in God that we are ready to receive today what God gives that will see us through tomorrow. Being Alive to God is about receiving today what God gives, even when we are not sure when that gift will be exactly what we needed to make it through.
Message from Good Sam on
June 22, 2014 “Alive to God”
Good Sam will be hosting “SonTreasure Island” VBS from 9 am-noon, Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1! All children ages 3 (must be potty-trained) through rising 6th graders are welcome to register! Older children and youth are welcome to serve as volunteers. Contact Emily S. at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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…from Worship at Good Sam on June 15, 2014
The doctrine (Holy Trinity), the assertion in Christianity that God is three and that God is one causes some interesting conversations in cross religion discussions. But I think it is a very helpful image to assert that within the identity of God there is also a sense of community. God comes to us as Creator, but doesn’t stop there, God comes to us as Savior. In this conversation within God (Creator and Savior) there is also activity that is about causing and establishing community between God and humanity. The work of God in reaching to humanity is also done through the Holy Spirit. Something about how we were created allows the indwelling of God’s presence in our hearts – lives – spirits. Perhaps the identity of God is more about community than we have ever fully realized. May this epiphany be discovered among us in our worship and in our community.
The message from Worship at Good Sam on June 15, 2014 (Holy Trinity Sunday) “Jesus is Best Discovered in Community”
It’s VBS time and we are turning Good Sam into a beach! Of course it would not be the same without great snacks. As in the past we could use your help to provide some fun food. We have a list of items needed on the kiosk in the narthex. Please sign up for an item and drop it off by Sunday, June 27. Many thanks in advance for all your support!
(VBS Dates: Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1)
…from worship at Good Sam on June 8, 2014
This Sunday we celebrated with three of our young people their affirmation of faith for Confirmation. As a part of the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit upon them, they were also presented with a red stole embossed with their initials and the image of a dove alighting on their shoulders.
It is our prayer that these young people join the members of this congregation in being God’s messengers in the world, equipped with the gifts of the Spirit to bring forgiveness, healing, justice and a word of life to all who cross our path.
We pray that your faith may soon find full expression and as your life is blessed by God’s guiding presence, may you discover along with us, that God has blessed us to be a blessing.
Message for worship at Good Sam on June 8, 2014 “…and So, I Am Sending You”