The sermon on Sunday, September 6, “The Life of the Church,” is based on Matthew 18:15-20. Tom Long, who taught for many years at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, comments on this passage: “Matthew has no romantic illusions about the church. He knows that the church is not all sweet thoughts, endlessly patient saints, and cloudless skies. In Matthew’s church, people—no matter how committed—are still people, and stormy weather is always a possible forecast. ‘Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love,’ we sing; but even so painful breaks can occur in once tender and loving relationships. ‘We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,’ but greed, lust and envy can threaten to shake even a strong church off its footing. What happens when the menu at church includes such unwelcome entrees as rage, hatred and betrayal?” The 30-minute service will be posted on the church website and the link sent directly to our members.