From Pastor Mary Beth ~ "Paying Attention"

Amy Oden, in God’s Welcome, tells a story from the ancient desert mothers and fathers of the 3rd century. A novice asked the teacher, “Holy one, is there anything I can do to make myself closer to God?”  The elder replied, “As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.” The novice responded, “Then of what use are these spiritual disciplines of prayer?” The teachers answered, “To make sure that you are awake when the sun rises.”

 There are many good reasons to pay attention to life around us. It creates a space where we can experience God, and where we can be prepared for the future as it comes. Look up. Look around. Look down. It’s a precious life.

 I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:00 am as we explore this theme.  We will also welcome our scouts, their leaders and families for Scouting Sunday!

~Pastor Mary Beth

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