I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous Autumn weather these days. I for one am looking forward to it being sunny and warmer on Saturday to enjoy one last day at Hurricane Bay!
On Sunday, we listen as Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables, in which Jesus says the reign of God is like workers who get paid the same no matter when they start. When God changes God’s mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways, Jonah is angry. Yet God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. In baptism we receive the grace of God that is freely given to all. As Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars. There are times that we react like Jonah and there are times that we react to God’s grace angrily and others appreciatively. My prayer is that we all react more appreciatively more often than angrily.
Will Hovingh continues a new series for the Adult Sunday School based on the book “What Language Shall I Borrow” by Brian Wren (expanding the range of metaphorical language we use for God, in music and liturgy).. As usual, the class will meet in the Library at 9:30 am. Worship will be at 10:30 am and I invite the children to come forward and discover what banana pudding, Basketball great Bill Russell have to do with Matthew’s Gospel.
May you find joy in your daily lives,