Various Reflections – October 17, 2021

Rev. Chelsea Simon

Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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Hi Everyone,

The story of the Bible is the story of humanity turning away from God. Due to ego, pride, selfishness and distrust humans have continually and consistently thought they could do life better than God. From the garden of Eden, to the golden calf, to Jesus on the cross, to Paul’s letters, we can see again and again humans moving away from God.

AND we see again and again God’s provision and care for humanity. For the past weeks we have been reading about and learning from the wilderness stories found throughout the Bible. We see the very real and persistent human struggle between desiring the life God intends for us and falling into our own self interests. This was true in biblical times and it is true today.

As I look at the breath of human experiences, as told to us through the stories found in the Bible, I am reminded of God’s faithfulness. What I see when I read the Bible is God continually throwing us life lines, working to bring us back into right relationship with our neighbors, our world, ourselves and with God’s own self.

Right now we might feel that we are deep in the wilderness. We might feel lost. We might be intentionally or unintentionally turning away from God. It might feel like a time of distrust and uncertainty. But I believe that God has proven Godself to us.

God has never abandoned us. God has never thrown in the towel. God has never given up on us. Through it all God is with us and that can bring us comfort as we move into whatever is next.

I hope you will join us this Sunday either in the Sanctuary or online at 9:30am, as we take a wide lens view of God’s presence and faithfulness as found throughout the entirety of the Bible.

There is also a half-hour Communion service in the Chapel at 8am.

Peace in Christ,

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