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Pastor's Thoughts

Grace and Peace be to you from Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

We all get so excited about an event or activity that impatience “slows” down its arrival.  In a way, I’m a bit excited, as this is the time of the year when many of us slow down and try to enjoy life a little.  But, at the same time, I am not fully ready to put on sunblock and cook brats and burgers (As a family, we don’t eat beef, so I am referring to turkey or chicken burgers). I have perfected grilling zucchini and corn, though!  Yum Yum! I am excited that we purchased a new grill a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t wait to start using it regularly.

This time of year is truly a delight! If one can bear the heat and humidity, they'll be rewarded with a plethora of enjoyable activities: the sight of smiling faces, the enticing aromas of food sizzling on grills, the rhythmic waves at the beach, leisurely walks in the park, the thrill of hot dogs at ball games (I'm particularly excited about the new stadium downtown), and the exhilarating rides at amusement parks.

Summer invites us to reflect on our lives. Whether we're at the beach or by a pool or lake, it's an opportunity to pause and ponder: 'What does my future hold? Why am I doing this or that? What truly matters in my life? What can I do?' This contemplative time reminds us of God's sovereignty and the importance of responding to God’s love through worship and aligning our actions with God’s will, always knowing God is with us.

As we step into the summer season, let's not overlook the profound impact of our faith community. It's essential to recall the value of worship and edification. While we take a breather to reflect on the past few months, let's also acknowledge the unwavering presence of God in our lives. The hurdles we've faced could have been more daunting if not for the saving grace of Jesus Christ. In this period of rest, let's keep our focus on our God and the church, cherishing the blessings and lessons of the past year.

As we eagerly await the summer months, let's ensure our stress relief activities don't overshadow the importance of worship. It's easy to get swept up in the summer excitement, but let's not forget the spiritual nourishment that St. Mark’s provides and the fellowship opportunities it offers this summer. Who knows? Some of these worship and fellowship activities might be just what we need to deepen our sense of community and belonging.

Let us pray….

O God, give us times of refreshment and peace during this busy life.  Grant that we may use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds so that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation through Jesus Christ our Lord.