getting out the WORD - the 5th sunday after pentecost PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants..."

Matthew 11:16-19 , Matthew 11:25-30

"Of all the paths you take in life," said John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, "make sure a few of them are dirt!" And most of my life, I've done my best to follow that advice! "The mountains are calling and I must go!"

But when I take to the dirt, there's a difference, whether I go alone or with others. When I hike by myself, I'm the one who sets the pace. Quick! Slow! Stop! Go! I choose! But when I'm with others, it's the slowest hiker who sets the pace for the entire group! Period! End of discussion! That's the only way to ensure no one's left behind! The only way everyone gets back in one piece!

And that's the rule of faith, as well. Faith isn't an individual pursuit, a prize that awaits the fastest or the strongest or the bravest - or, even, the wisest and most intelligent. Faith is the reason we look to the lowest and the least among us! Not just because that's what Jesus did, what Jesus still does. But because, you see, if they make it across the finish line, we know we'll all be there!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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