Dear Friends, we are well aware of the grief, loss, anxiety, and even anger around in our world, nation, and community over the MH17 plane disaster and over the ongoing violence in Gaza and in many places in the world. We continue to pray to God for comfort and strength for those in need; justice for the oppressed; and that God’s kingdom, as so wonderfully expressed by Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel reading today, may come! We also cling to the words of Paul in his letter to the Romans this morning: "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, 'For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Reverend Jennie Savage