God’s Work. Our Hands. That is how we are known through our ELCA church body’s slogan. As slogans go, I love the image. The broken piece of bread placed on our hands in the Holy Meal is God’s holy work in us, transforming us to become the body of Christ. Our hands are the sign of God’s gracious presence in the world. As we say in Zion’s slogan, we are connecting through grace.
Summer is often a time to step back and give our hands a rest. Still, God continues to be at work and thankfully, our hands are not all resting at the same time. See how God is working through us in this month’s Sunday worship.
Sunday, August 4
God is working through the life-giving waters of baptism, for Eva Elizabeth Gebhard.
And, for those who gather at the Guinavah Unita-Wasatch-Cache-National Forest for Zion’s annual camping weekend, the Spirit is at work, calling us to open our hands in gratitude for God’s good creation.
Sunday, August 11
We will celebrate how God has been at work through our Vacation Bible School music camp, nurturing and teaching children, as well as encouraging the leadership gifts of our camp counselors.
On this Sunday, we will celebrate some of the music camp’s songs and stories.
Sunday, August 18
God will be at work as we welcome Rev. Monica Dobbins as our guest preacher. She is the Associate Pastor, First Unitarian of Salt Lake City. Pr. Monica recently led their youth in a trip through Alabama, exploring African American/slave history and civil rights landmarks. “Monsters in the Closet” is her sermon theme.
I hope you can join us for the forum, which follows worship, 11:15-12:15. We will roll up our sleeves to do the hard work of confronting the sin of racism. Pr. Monica suggests a subtitle for our forum:
“Moving Forward from Racial Terror in Alabama and Utah.”
Sunday, August 25
We pray the blessing of the Holy Spirit, to be at work among Sunday School teachers, helpers, and for faith coaches in Faith Formation Development (which used to be called “confirmation”). The installation of teachers will also call to mind God’s blessing with those who head back to school.
These are just a few of the ways God will be at work in our lives.
Remembering Christ’s saving work, speaking, “Peace be with you” --- and the blessing of our hands in worship, “Go in peace. Serve the Lord.”
Thanks be to God!
--Pastor Steve +
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