Central United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Endicott, New York
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Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends—

At least it isn’t snowing! 

That’s the refrain for us this week I write, as we have hit some of the hottest temperatures and heat indexes so far in 2017. Everywhere I read or go, there is the chorus “I wish it wasn’t so hot!” Likely, the refrain comes from the same folks who complain about the cold and ice in the winter.


We seem always to want something we don’t have. We endlessly strive for something more. To be “content” is a dying art, practiced by a dwindling few. We are influenced by television, by our friends, by our own unrealistic dreams, to seek something more. Jesus had something to say about that, in what is perhaps his most widely-recognized teaching, the Sermon on the Mount:


"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. [26] Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to God than birds...  [31] What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. [32] People who don't know God and the way God works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how God works. [33] Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Matthew 6:25-33, The Message


My wish for you this summer is contentment: To enjoy every moment in the moment; to savor every experience just for what it is; to feast on the joy that summertime brings. That’s my hope for my summer, anyway.


That hope is especially poignant for me as I recover from two months of on-and-off viruses of one type or another. I want to express my deep gratitude for all your expressions of care and love during these trying months—I do treasure you all.


Still in One Peace,