As I write, the ELCA is meeting and deliberating in the Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis. Many viewpoints have been offered, many testimonies given, many ministries celebrated, and many prayers prayed.
As I write, I am looking forward to Sunday’s worship, the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, August 23, 2009. There are some great text offered this week, that get at the heart of what obedience, unity, and difficult teaching mean. See John 6:56-69.
As I write, I am also imagining the time of Joshua and the setting of our first reading. “Choose this day whom you will serve.” It’s famous! You can even buy plaques at the Christian bookstore with this passage! But have you noticed that almost always, when this verse is spoken of and celebrated, the emphasis is on the choosing? I’d like to re-affirm the second verb there. You know, the one about serving.
That we might indeed be of service to You, God of Mercy. Amen.