Pastor's Notes

Sunday Is Homecoming

September 6, 2016


"Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:14-30) is quoted by many folk. The context is a story Jesus told about servants who were left in charge of different amounts of treasure. The Master was gone and came home. At that event, those kind words were uttered by the Master to the servants who invested to yield a great dividend. I think of Homecoming as a time to celebrate what God is doing in our lives.

We can be out-of-town, out-of-the-habit, out-of-sorts, out-of-shape, or a number of other conditions, predicaments, or circumstances that have led to getting out of church. We are ALL dealing with "stuff" in our lives. Homecoming provides a great opportunity to wipe the slate clean, worship, and serve God more fully.

The Master will meet us there. The music will be inspiring. The food and the people will provide an enjoyable time of Christian Fellowship. Our Bible lesson for Sunday will be from Romans 14:11-15 as we continue the "Howdy Neighbor" series. The sermon will be "Keeping Up With the Joneses".

The parable that Jesus told was a story to prepare them for how to live until the arrival of God's Kingdom. Caring for the hungry, the sick, the imprisoned, the naked, or the stranger are images that Matthew records as what we are called to do. We may not know their names, but all are welcomed "Home". I heard from someone today who plans to "come home" Sunday. Invite someone! We need God and we need each other!

Blessings, Richie

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