Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Before I sat down to write this pondering this afternoon, I googled Hurricane Joaquin’s forecast.  I was thankful to discover that the forecast is for Joaquin to stay out at sea, which means those participating in the CROP Hunger Walk, as part of our Project Feedback, will hopefully stay dry on Sunday afternoon.  As I give thanks for this positive weather report, I am also mindful of those who have felt the full fury of Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas.  Let us remember them in prayer.  Let us also remember in prayer those in Oregon, who are caught up in the fury of grief, just as our kin in Charleston, SC; Blacksburg, VA; Newtown, CT; Aurora, CO: and too many other places to name have experienced after a mass shooting. 

This Sunday we will gather around the Lord’s Table and observe communion.  Our meditation will be focused on the Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  After we have acknowledged our deep need for God, after we have lamented our sin and the sins of our world, after we have made a commitment to humbly serve are God, only after these actions are we ready to listen and respond to this Beatitude.  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.”  What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?  What does righteousness mean?  What happens when we seek to appear that we are hungering for righteousness, but our actions reveal otherwise?

This Sunday we’ll explore these questions as we seek to hear Jesus’ call and promise found in the Beatitudes once again.

Pastor Dave