We need one another, for it’s not just through our own efforts and commitment to the mission of the church, but through our individual and community openness to God’s gifts and indwelling Spirit, that we’re able to accomplish more than we can ask or imagine.
This prayer, “that your church, being gathered together”, speaks to God’s universal church but equally important and significant in my mind, God is speaking to this very precious church family of St. Thomas, Bath.
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”
“Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Two stories of Jesus performing some very interesting acts; one, that relieved the hunger of thousands of people and the second, brings his close friends out of danger.
We continue to celebrate the season of Pentecost which is a continuing reminder of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church.
“Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace….”
The ultimate learning for us as followers of Jesus, is the willingness to be present to those we encounter.
This morning I remind you of God’s steadfast love that is always present in our lives. It is that very love that calls, if not screams out to us not to just live, not to just get by, but rather to abundantly flourish.