Weekly Update from Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt
I hope you’re in the midst of a fabulous week after an enjoyable Labor Day holiday. I think quite a bit about the people who provide service to me – restaurant servers, cashiers, store clerks, the yard man, and others in jobs like that. I try to remember that they have lives, too – good days and bad days, and I try not to get so full of myself that I take out my own personal frustrations on them. I very deeply appreciate all of those who work to make so much of my life enjoyable. That, I believe, is what Labor Day is about. It’s about honoring those who “labor” on behalf of others.
This Sunday we will offer Membership Class right after the Morning Worship Celebration. Dr. Gail will meet with those interested in pursuing membership in our church. If you would like to join us on Sunday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. We look forward to seeing you in this class.
We still need additional volunteers to help with our church cleaning schedule. I took a turn last weekend and found it not to be difficult at all, especially while working at it with a few others. This is one of the ways we are attempting to save our funds for use on ministries, and it is helping quite a bit. Please consider joining our roster of cleaning volunteers. Deb Brande is coordinating our schedule, so you may either call her at the church office (850-469-9090) or email email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
My sermon for this coming Sunday is called The Potter’s Hand. I’ll have a unique visual to share with you during the sermon. Consider this reading from the Old Testament;
Jeremiah 18.1-6 (NRSV) [This is the message] that came to Jeremiah from the HOLY ONE: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.”
So I went down to the potter’s house, and there [the potter] was working at [the] wheel. The vessel [the potter] was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and [the potter] reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good…Then the [divine] word…came to me: “Can I not do with you…just as this potter has done…Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand…”
We’ll have amazing music, open communion and a wonderful time together enjoying each other’s company. Come and bring some friends.
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you in church.