I often find myself pondering “church life” (Sanctuary Church’s life, in particular). This week I came across a thought from Elton Trueblood, a Quaker author and theologian. I’m always interested to gain current insight from older saints (he was born in 1900) who wrote long, long ago –
“The church is never true to itself when it is living for itself, for if it is chiefly concerned with saving its own life, it will lose it. The nature of the church is such that it must always be engaged in finding new ways by which to transcend itself. Its main responsibility is always outside its own walls in the redemption of common life. That is why we call it a redemptive society. There are many kinds of religion, but redemptive religion, from the Christian point of view, is always that in which we are spent on those areas of existence that are located beyond ourselves and our own borders.”
As we consider our own church family, may we remember it’s not so much about what we do inside our building, but more about what we are doing outside of our building – individual members, bringing salt and light into our dark world.
This week we’re on to another great psalm – Psalm 37!
The Psalms have a wonderful capacity to capture the reality of our human experience. They express the emotions, personal feelings, attitudes, gratitude, and interests of the average individual. One reason people love the Psalms is that we can each usually identify the Psalms with our own experiences. In every experience of our own, no matter how deep the pain or how great the frustration or how exhilarating the joy, we can find psalms which echo our inmost being, psalms which God uses to bring comfort or to confirm release.
Make sure to bring your Bible for this series!
Inspiring Hope is a one day, family friendly, volunteer event – giving back to Sonoma County families impacted by the devastating wildfires of last October.
Volunteers from all over the North Bay will be joining together Saturday, June 9th from 8:00am-4:00pm at Piner High School in Santa Rosa to build and deliver 100 sheds in just one day. The sheds will store tools and equipment for those who will be rebuilding their homes in Sonoma County.
If you would like to volunteer, please fill out forms at the Back Table!
For more information – www.hopecityinspiringhope.org.
The new June/July/August devotional is available at the Back Table (it’s free). In about 3-5 minutes each day you can be greatly encouraged, as God drops His Word into your heart.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:3-6)
See ya Sunday!