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Pastor’s Message

R & R with God

“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So, God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” Genesis 2: 2–3

In light of God’s gift – the Sabbath a day of rest on the seventh day – it seems appropriate that July is the seventh month of the year. Yes, as the fun days of summer are upon us, let’s (try to) never forget the Creator who created all these natural wonders for us to enjoy.  The pool is open, the beaches, rivers and lakes call us to be revitalized and renewed in their life-sustaining waters, reminding us of the life-giving waters of our baptism.  The National and State parks, the playground at the local park and Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens all beckon and call us to enjoy summer time. The sun, sand and the waves crashing on the beach entreat us to frolic in the ocean mist slathered with SPF 50.

The warmth of the sun encourages the wisdom of having a slightly slower pace to life and a little less rushing around during the long days of summer for some much-needed R & R. Just as solar panels generate energy from the sun, we too are solar receptors from a different yet more powerful Son, Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who generates rebirth and restoration of our body, mind and soul.

As you consider how to revive and refresh this July and August, I hope you will consider Sunday morning worship and coffee & conversation time (whether you are at home or away) not as something to take a vacation from but as a way (indeed THE way) to have a deeper understanding of the renewal and re-creation that can only come from God through the revitalizing and rejuvenating power of God’s Word and Sacraments. As you continue to participate in the R & R found only in God, you learn how he enriches your life with the R & R of summer and indeed in all the seasons of the year.

My hope is that this July and August are restful and renewing for you. My prayer is that during these months you also remember the essential spiritual practice of Sabbath-keeping and that your R & R will also include the celebration of God’s renewing and restoring love and forgiveness proclaimed during each Sunday morning worship here at Our Redeemer.

Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30

Blessings on your R & R this summer,
Pastor Paul

 

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