Good morning, gals and pals! (or, good middle of the night, if that's when you are reading this...) It's (for many of us), the End of Summer Sunday, or Labor Day Weekend. It's also the Sunday when Jesus weighs in on the cost of discipleship, when Paul exhorts Philemon to a transformed relationship with his slave, Onesimus, when Jeremiah reminds us that God is the potter, and we are the clay. Very weighty thoughts, especially at this time of year. But these remind me of the many ways that we are being shaped by God.
How are you being shaped by these texts (or others) this weekend? How are your sermons and worship services taking shape? Do you need a good children's sermon? If it is Labor Day, do you have any special way of observing it in your congregation? Inquiring minds want to know. (I heard of one colleague who anoints her parishoners hands, and blesses the word of their hands, on Labor Day.)
There is a really great discussion of the texts here. There are blueberry pancakes, and turkey sausage (less fat), fair trade coffee and good earth tea here (at my virtual place, that is). Pull up a seat and join us!