I recently heard an interview with South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn. Clyburn's father was a fundamentalist preacher and Clyburn always planned to follow in his father's footsteps by going to seminary and becoming an ordained minister himself. After his third time in jail, something happened to Jim and he decided the ministry might not be for him (not that jail time excludes anyone from becoming a pastor!)
Young Jim told his father he might like to go into politics. His father responded, "Well, Son, I imagine the world would much rather see a sermon than hear one." The elder Clyburn was on to something. The world may not need more ordained ministers, but it sure needs more preachers. Your words and actions are sermons for those around you, especially those who might not know very much about Jesus or may have been burned by the church in the past. You have opportunities every single day to show people what God's love looks and sounds like. It's a responsibility we might not always want, but it's why we are here as members of this parish, member of our families and members of our communities. Jesus' love is for everyone, everywhere. Go out and preach it, brothers and sisters!
Tomorrow's packing time and place for the summer backpacks is 1:30 pm at Zion. The place will stay the same for the following weeks but the time will change back to 4:00 pm.
You are invited to a worship service celebrating the life of Norah Mitchell, the service is tomorrow, June 30, at 4:00 pm at Zion. A meal will follow in the fellowship hall (you don't have to bring anything for the meal.)
On this date in 1757, Anglican clergyman and hymn writer John Newton offered this encouragement in a letter: "Whatever we may undertake with a sincere desire to promote His glory, we may comfortably pursue. Nothing is trivial that is done for Him."