I think many of us are back to the regular rhythms of the work and school year. This might feel like crashing back to hard reality for some, and for others it might be a comforting return to routine. If I’m honest it’s a bit of both for me.
I suspect that even as we get back to work or school or our volunteer roles, there’s something else that looms over our days, pushing at the backs of our minds. It’s that pressure to always be performing well, to be achieving much, to be producing something meaningful. Do you feel it too? It’s something that I think affects people of all ages in our area. For some, it’s a crippling weight.
This Sunday in worship we’re going to be discussing a story about a woman bent over by illness, and about Jesus who works to restore her to health. This seems like it should be a completely good thing, but it upsets the expectations that his local community had about work and faith. His actions and his words might hold some challenge for our own understanding between our work and our faith as well.
I hope you’ll come and enjoy worship together with us. And please plan to stay after any of the services to celebrate Ginna Traina’s ministry with us, and to wish her all the best as she moves into retirement!
P.S. Over Labor Day Weekend many of our congregation will be away at All-Church Camp.
There will be no 5 p.m. worship service on Sunday, September 1, but for those of you who will be in town that day, please plan to attend either the 7:50 or 10 a.m. worship service.