“Ask the Pastor”

How about this: let the pastor ask you a question.  Answers aren't necessarily mandatory.  This is more of an opportunity for the pastor to reflect.  Saint Paul encourages the Church in 1st Thessalonians to "16 Rejoice always, 17 pray constantly, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit..."  The Pastor's Question is this: Does Jesus rejoice always?  Does He pray constantly?   Does He give thanks in all circumstances?  Being the Son of the Living God who, according to the Apostles' Creed, sits at the right hand of God, what does Jesus do?  Does Jesus still remember the Sabbath to keep it holy?  Does he still honor his father and mother?  As the human creature finds ever more ways to demean and defame and deface the goodness of God's creation, what evidence does the Church have that Jesus is afoot in the world?  Well, let me count the ways.  Pets are still rescued.  Our local pantry still feeds the hungry.  Calvary still provides a 2nd Friday of the Month free meal.  Couples still exchange vows.  Congregations across the land still dig wells and inoculate children and teach them to read.  The Red Cross still has blood drives for life saving surgeries.  Thousands of local Lions Club chapters collect and recycle eye glasses.  If our eyes are open and our hearts are alert, we can see innumerable good deeds being done for those less fortunate than others.  The pandemic has caused many churches to adjust worship to be socially responsible but The Church has not closed up shop.  It lives and thrives and that would give Jesus plenty to rejoice always about.  And us, too.