"As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace." Ephesians 6:15
I had just finished re-reading this excerpt of the letter of Paul and looked back at my email–and there was a message offering me "Top Rated Shoes–PLUS Free Shipping!!" Somehow, I doubt that I'd find shoes at their website that would make me ready to proclaim the gospel of peace!
Paul's letter describes how to dress properly in God's armor to be able to deal with the dark forces that would draw us away from God's love and path of goodness. We need to wrap up in truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the power of the Holy Spirit every day to stay strong in the face of the lures and temptations that assault us constantly. And to be sure you stay on God's path, don't leave home without your GPS–Gospel, Prayer, and Sacrament!
Mary Beth Commisso
Did you know that one of our JJJ youth, Alexandra Alam El Din, is attending the ELCA Youth Convocation at the Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis this week? Congratulations to Alex for being selected by the Synod to participate in this event!
MNYS youth representative at Churchwide AssemblyThe synod’s Child Youth and Family Committee chose Alexandra Alam El Din, member of Trinity, Brewster, to be the MNYS representative to the ELCA Youth Convocation, a leadership ministry that takes place alongside the Churchwide Assembly. Youth Convo participants observe plenary gatherings, hearings, and receptions as they engage in discussion about the issues and deliberations of the assembly. The goal of Youth Convo is to equip young disciples for broader understanding of, and deeper engagement in, our church’s missional deliberation and decision-making.
Readings for the weekThursday, August 20, 2009 Psalm 34:15-22 Joshua 22:1-9 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Friday, August 21, 2009 Psalm 34:15-22 Joshua 22:10-20 Romans 13:11-14
Saturday, August 22, 2009 Psalm 34:15-22 Joshua 22:21-34 Luke 11:5-13
Sunday, August 23, 2009 - Lectionary 21 - Pentecost 12 Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Psalm 34:15-22 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69
Monday, August 24, 2009 Psalm 119:97-104 Nehemiah 9:1-15 Ephesians 5:21-6:9
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Psalm 119:97-104 Nehemiah 9:16-31 Ephesians 6:21-24
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Psalm 119:97-104 Isaiah 33:10-16 John 15:16-25