Memory helps re-member us into communities. Family and class reunions often happen in summertime, and old memories that were part of our development come back as people share stories and memories. Sunday morning is reunion time for the Christian community. We remember the central things of our faith and are re-membered with the hosts of heaven and the church on earth. The lectionary provides the worshiping community with the stories that brought it into being and have nourished it toward today and a new future. Join us for worship on Sunday with Holy Communion at St. Peter’s at 9:00am and at Messiah at 10:30am. Sunday School classes meet at Messiah at 9:30am, and at St. Peter’s at 10:15am. Prayer of the Day: Compassionate God, you have assured the human family of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Deliver us from the death of sin, and raise us to new life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Summer is a time of creating memories as we take vacations or arrange our schedules to do new and different things. We may also pause longer during these weeks to hear the stories people share with us, drawing us into the web of community memory. The lectionary texts read in worship during these weeks create memory for some people and refresh the memory of others. The biblical story is the memory bank of the Christian church that gives us a history, a present, and a future. Today many people are researching their family histories and trying to discover where they come from and the people who are part of their genealogy. The biblical texts are our Christian family’s faith genealogy, the story that informs us whose we are and who we are, where we come from and where we are going. Join us for worship on Sunday with Holy Communion at St. Peter’s at 9:00am and at Messiah at 10:30am. Sunday School classes meet at Messiah at 9:30am, and at St. Peter’s at 10:15am. Prayer of the Day: Merciful Lord God, we do not presume to come before you trusting in our own righteousness, but in your great and abundant mercies. Revive our faith, we pray; heal our bodies, and mend our communities, that we may evermore dwell in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.