August 16th, 2020
It was good to connect in with each of you either through phoning or through text messaging this week. I did have a great study week, from Monday Aug 3rd through to Sunday Aug 9th, developing my preaching schedule until the end of November. It is good, however, to return to my normal rhythm this week.
I want to thank Rev. Ted for his willingness to preach last Sunday. He always enjoys these opportunities to lead in worship. As well, thanks to Whitney for accompanying on the piano and Cecil for arranging the taping of the service and putting it on line.
My sermon this week is based on Matthew 15:21-28. This is a difficult passage to read, and to understand. It is the story of the Canaanite woman who asks Jesus for help with her daughter. I don’t know that we will ever know why Jesus acted the way he did in this parable, but maybe we don’t need to know. Maybe this story is not so much about Jesus, as it is about us, our faith, and our world.
Life is difficult and deep abiding faith can be a real struggle. The world is filled with those who have and those who have not. The Canaanite woman was a have-not person. Yet she remained with Jesus, trusting in him to respond to her prayer. She continued to show- up when many would have left. Jesus did not let her down.
Continue to have a grand week filled with laughter, surprises, lots of family time, and rest that strengthens and refreshes. Remember that as we pray for one another every morning at 10:30, God grants us wisdom, love and peace to hold each other in infinite care.
Keep well and safe, and have a blessed week.