Genesis 6:16-22; 9:8-15. Have you ever messed up so bad that you just wanted a “do-over?” Apparently, God felt the same way! What does the story of Noah show us about God, about ourselves, and about the choices we make? Also, what are we to make of God’s promise not to do the “Noah thing” again? Does this story teach us something today?
Ruth 4. As the story of Ruth and Naomi draws to an end, we see Boaz stepping up. He takes responsibility. Can we say, “Happy ending?” What can we glean from the story besides the obvious? Find out Sunday.
Ruth 3. There is a lot going on in our world. I see it in my twitter feed and hear it on the radio. I often wonder if there isn’t a “solution” to “all this mess,” some way to fix all the dysfunction and sadness I see. It isn’t long before I am overwhelmed and determined to keep my head low and go through the motions: get up, shower, eat, go to the office, work, go home, eat, sleep, repeat.
Then I read a story like that of Ruth. No booming God from the mountain, no burning bush, or Red Sea parting. Two widows, one a stranger in the land, trying to make it. God’s grace happens in small ways: in the Law, in the kindness of a stranger, in the interdependence of Ruth and Naomi. In “daring to act” in everyday little ways, God’s goodness breaks in to daily living. That will be what we talk about on Sunday.
This week Saint James impacted children in our community with new backpacks and supplies. 27 children have a great start to their school year through your generosity! Also this week, for Kevin’s birthday, Saint James took him grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. Thanks for helping Kevin through your offerings!
Ruth 2. As our story of Ruth and Naomi continues to unfold, the situation starts to look up for these two women who had lost everything. What might be in store for them? What counts for looking up? We’ll look at the story this weekend.