Grace and Peace to you and yours,
This week will be week 5 in our sermon series "A Future with Hope". This week our theme is "The Residing".
Our scripture readings begins with Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7. This comes from the same section of Jeremiah that opened our Sermon Series - Jeremiah 29:11. This chapter records a letter that Jeremiah sent to the exiles in Babylon (verse 1). Verses 4-7 is Jeremiah's admonishment to settle into their new situation by building houses, planting gardens, and to marry and have children and grandchildren. They should also seek the welfare of the Babylonian government, king, and the pray for them. Why? Verse 10 says that they will be there for 70 years.
Our Gospel lesson will be Luke 12:49-56. This will be a difficult text to use for "The Residing" because Jesus says that he will be the reason for divisions within the family. He also chastises his listeners telling them that they know how to interpret the signs of weather coming but not the signs of the present time.
Perhaps by understanding the words of Jeremiah, recognizing the turmoil of our times, and by placing our hope in God, we will be able to survive what is happening in our world and culture.
May God bless you this week in all that you do. Share God's hope with the people you meet.
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Taylor
Peace United Church, Long Prairie
Grey Eagle UMC, Grey Eagle