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Between Sundays for Week of August 8, 2022

What do you cling to? These days in the midst of anxiety about the world, the church, the community around us, even ourselves, or the people we live with, the temptation to cling to what we know and what is familiar is real. Worry and anxiety are symptoms of the fear that lives in us. The fear that we haven’t done enough, that we don’t have enough, that we aren’t enough.
In Sunday’s gospel, Jesus assures his followers in every generation, “Do not be afraid . . . it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you kingdom.” It is God’s good pleasure for us to embrace the abundant life God intends for us, the church, and God’s beloved world! In the midst of the worries, the anxiety and the fear that grips us, Jesus invites us to release our frightened grip on our money, our possessions, and everything we cling to.
Maybe this would be a good week to practicing letting go in order to be ready to receive God’s abundance. What do you need to release in your life to focus more fully on God? Do you need to declutter your house? Your schedule? Review your priorities? Take a social media Sabbath?  What ways might you or your family let go or reposition some treasure in order to focus your heart on God’s presence?
As Pastor Amy reminded us on Sunday, our value as God’s beloved children is secure. We cannot do anything to make ourselves more, or less, precious to God. We are free to practice letting go . . . and seeing what God has in store for us!

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In this week’s reflection, Pastor Amy points to the fear and anxiety that fill Jesus’ followers as they continue traveling with him on the road to Jerusalem. In the face of the very real fears that we face in our daily life, Jesus offers some clear guidance about releasing our grip on things we cling to and relaying on God’s kingdom promise.


Pastor Amy shares a poem that’s perfect for summer!

As swimmers dare to lie face to the sky and water bears them, as hawks rest upon air and air sustain them, so would I learn to attain freefall, and float into Creator Spirit’s deep  embrace, knowing no effort earns that all-surrounding grace.

Denise Levertov