This Thursday is our last BBQ Book Club for the summer. We are finishing up with two of Flannery O’Connor’s last stories, Revelation and Parker’s Back. They are a little different than the others, perhaps more twisted and less clear. She was in great pain from lupus as she wrote them, and she knew her time was short. So, I invite you to come and be with us for this last BBQ—be sure to bring a side dish to share!
Speaking of being wracked with pain, in this week’s Gospel our Lord Jesus heals a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years. Everybody seems really happy about it except that one guy that just couldn’t stand that Jesus did it on the Sabbath, a day upon which no one should work. Jesus says, “Look—Satan had her bound, but isn’t the Lord’s day the right day to free someone from bondage?” Hard to argue with that, unless you’re worried more about what people might start doing on the sabbath. But I think Jesus was very concerned about making sure people were blessed on the Sabbath, that the day set aside by the Lord for rest and worship was a day anyone can experience the blessing of God’s love.
Nowadays, our Sabbath is Sunday. And I’m excited to tell you we are going to do some blessing and celebrating over the next month or so. Here is a handy, easy bullet-pointed list for your perusal:
August 28th: BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS: During the children’s sermon time, all back to school backpacks AND every bag, purse, satchel, briefcase, knapsack, tote, or sack that you use to carry your stuff to work will get blessed. So bring your bag and receive the blessing for the work you are resting from on the Sabbath.
September 11th: Rally Day. Sunday service moves back to 11 am, and Sunday School starts at 10 a.m. We bless the Sunday school teachers and students. Choir starts back up. Coffee hour will be pancakes to celebrate the beginning of Sunday School.
We are going to have a great year this year. I’m so excited to start the year up again in just a few weeks!