The Question is the Answer
It was 6:30am.
I had just been coaxed out of bed by a little 4 year old voice entreating me to let him help me make the morning coffee.  For some reason this little guy standing on a chair to reach the counter, carefully scooping beans out of the jar to put in the grinder, makes me happy each morning.
He loves to help.
Water is added, and we can start to smell it brew, and, as if spurred on by just the smell of caffeine, he turns to me and asks, "Daddy, why did Jesus die on a cross?"
...welcome to my morning.
It was almost 5:30pm, and about 45 people were preparing for our first Worship on Wednesday gathering for the year.  4 year old Hunter, just done with his pizza, comes up to me and asks, "Pastor Tim, who made God?"
...welcome to my evening.
The curious pursuit of answers and truth is not just reserved to four year olds, of course.  I sat with a woman early on in my ministry, tubes falling out of her arms and legs, the latest round of treatment completed, and she looked at me and asked, "What if there's nothing other than this?  Just this?"
The question was punctuated by tears and waving arms.  I love to help...but nothing I could say would alleviate the ennui there, or plumb depth of that question.
Because sometimes we don't really want, or even need, answers...sometimes we just want people to do, act, sit with the question and live into the answer, not pay lip service to it all.
Lip service is exactly what is chomping at Jesus' bit in this Sunday's Gospel lesson.  Take a look and see the exchange for yourself (you can click  here to read it).
Did you read it?  The rest makes more sense if you do...

This Sunday's Readings
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm 25:1-9
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Sunday Morning Education Classes, 9:30-10:30 am
  • Worship & Wonder (3 years old - 3rd grade)  Education Wing, E-12
  • 4th/5th Grade Sunday School Learning Annex (Trailer), Right
  • Pre-Confirmation (6th Grade)  Learning Annex (Trailer), Left
  • Confirmation (7th/8th Grade) Underwood North
  • High School SME  Erin Chaffee Youth Room
  • Community Class, led by Gordon Keehn  Education Wing, Room E-9
  • Graceful Living, led by Lisa Betts & Courtney Pernell  Underwood East
  • The Jesus Epidemic, led by David Cope  Underwood West
  • Whittecar Class, with various leaders  Library
Church in the World: Animal Blessing - This Sunday at 10:45 am outside Sertoma Arts Center  Bring your animals to this outdoor worship service with communion and a special pet blessing. Worship at Good Shepherd will take place simultaneously. If it is raining, join us back at 7000 Creedmoor Road!

Installation of Pastor Marsha Anderson - This Sunday at 5:30 pm Join us for Pastor Marsha's Installation during the 5:30 pm worship service, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall.
Mail for Mnene Collection  Letters for our Mnene orphans can be dropped off through this Sunday, October 1 at the Mnene table in the Narthex.  All are welcome to send a letter of love and support to any of our orphans!
Autumn in the Sanctuary   Bring in pumpkins and gourds to decorate the Sanctuary each Sunday. Plastic plates will be available.

Coffeehouse - Tonight, 7:00-8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall  - Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship for adults of all abilities!  All are welcome!
"Faith in the Locker Room" - Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall Join Good Shepherd's men's ministry and Doug Bennett, head athletic trainer for the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Team, for this discussion and dinner. $7 donation for dinner is recommended. 
Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) Historic Church Walk in Downtown Raleigh - Saturday, October 7, 9:15 am meet at the church; bus leaves at 9:30 am. Sign-up at Wittenburg Information Center or on The City.
Congregational Meeting with vote to approve updated constitution - Sunday, October 15 at 12:00 pm Detailed information on the proposed changes is available by contacting the church office.

More information about upcoming events is available in this week's  bulletin announcements .

Health and healing  for Ricky Boyce; Betty Leonard, mother of Sandy Cash; Nancy Creekmore, friend of Lynn Kern; Marybeth, friend of Nancy Williams; Irene, sister-in-law of Nancy Williams; Lynn, sister of Carol Weber; and Juliett, cousin of Carol Weber.

Safekeeping  for Emily Graff's deployment; Megan Hutzenbuhler on mission in Madagascar; Bryan Lester on mission in Mexico; Lt. John Gibson  III ; and Major Anthony Coulter.

Thanksgiving for this Sunday's baptism of Mina Gerfin LaBrecque, and for the wedding of Heather Kern and Mike Searcy.  

For the orphans of Mnene Parish, including Maryjoice Sibanda and Martha Hove.

Maryjoice will be 20 next month. She spent time with our 2017 mission team where she discussed plans for post-secondary education once she passes her A-level Math class. She would like to study Tourism. She was chosen by her peers to be their representative on the Mnene Orphan Committee! Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Rivera family and Beth Stiles.
Martha is 19 and left school to get married. She is happily married with a 1 1/2 year old son. She and her husband live at a homestead in Svita where he is the caretaker. Although she is currently not in our support program, she told our mission team that she would like to be trained in hairdressing. We continue to keep her in our prayers. Her Mail For Mnene partners are Dick & Becky Martin and the Greengrove/Pfefferle family.

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