Pastor’s Reflection

This weekend’s Gospel can be misleading. You might think it refers only to excommunication or shunning. A careful reading of the passage shows the steps taken to reconcile with a brother or sister before shunning them. Also, the passages before and after reinforce the importance of forgiving your brother or sister. So cutting someone off from you should be a last resort and the possibility for reconciliation. In Islam one of God’s ninety-nine names is Mercy (Forgiveness). Our Christian tradition teaches the same—“Be merciful as your Heavenly Father is Merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

David Pawley, Kathryn Harrison, Karen Hargrove,

Tracy Bates Abbott, George Levya, Rose Vrabel,

Penny Ricketson, Gerry Chesnut, Toni Siebenmorgan, Arnold Peters, Alexander LeClair, Theresa White,

Dewey Stovall, Tanner Gibbens


Mass Intentions

Saturday, September 5 In Honor of Eddie & Linda Clark (50th Wedding Anniversary)


Saturday, September 12 In Memory of Marilyn Young (Requested by Bill & Meg Geddy)

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

For all who have contracted coronavirus, We pray for care and healing. For those who are particularly vulnerable, We pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, We pray for peace of mind and spirit. For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, We pray for policies that recognize their plight. For those who do not have adequate health insurance, We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone. For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all. For our brothers and sisters around the world, We pray for shared solidarity. For public officials and decisionmakers, We pray for wisdom and guidance. Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.

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