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Labor Day is September 5.
For many of us, this weekend represents the end of summer, a holiday sale or a chance to enjoy cooking on the grill. But Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day is a great opportunity for us to consider how God wants to be part of our lives not just on Sunday morning, but throughout the week as well. It may be obvious but it still bears saying: God doesn’t stay home or remained confined to a church building while we go out to earn the bacon. God wants to be a partner with us in our work. God longs for us to recognize ways in which our faith in him shapes how we act in our classrooms, offices, labs, cubicles and all the other places we make a living.

One simple thing each of us can do is think of a phrase throughout the day that can remind us of the connection between faith and work. For example:
“Be still and know that I am God.” or
“Lord, Show me how to love today.”
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” or even simply,
“Jesus is here.”
I know a woman who keeps a small Bible in her workspace as a visual reminder of the gospel as she goes about her work as a sales rep. Another worker takes a few minutes at lunch time every day to say a prayer for the people he works with and asking God to help him do his work in a way that is honorable and in keeping with his faith.

What can you do to make the connection between the faith you treasure and the work you do? How might you invite God to come to work with you this week. And meanwhile, relax and enjoy the hotdogs and hamburgers on Monday.

See you in church,

Pastor Steve

Things to pray for this week:
• Ask God to provide you insights into your personal problems.
• Prayer for first responders- firefighters, police, paramedics and EMT’s

 

Pastor's Ponderings August 29, 2016

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August 25 represented the 100th anniversary of the signing of the legislation that created the formation of the National Park Service. We who live in this part of the country have many opportunities to visit National Park sites, both in the nation’s capital and the surrounding area. The fundamental purpose of the National Park Service as stated in the act “is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”.
My older brother worked for the NPS for most of his career, serving as historical interpreter at various sites in the capital region and teaching NPS employees around the country how to engage the pubic in scenic and historic resources that have been set aside. He and I would often say that we had similar jobs, passing on meaning to the public. The main difference between us was that my sacred text was the Bible and his was the natural and cultural places and objects that we have in the National Park Service.
I love to visit the parks. The bug got started with a trip my family made out west to visit Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon parks. Since then I have visited many more. We learn something vital about what it means to be an American citizen as we consider the sacrifices made at Gettysburg, the sunrise at Acadia, or take in the waterfall and massive granite walls of Yosemite. In this political campaign season, where there is so much disorienting discord and accusation, it is important to be reminded of the deeper things that make us who we are as a nation.
If you can’t get to see such places, make sure to visit these sites online at NPS.gov and other website. You can find wonderful pictures and descriptions that remind you of the struggles, the accomplishments, and the work that still lies ahead for us as a nation striving to be “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

See you in church,
Pastor Steve

Things to pray for this week:
• Ask God that you may be particularly sensitive the needs of one person today with whom you can share God’s love in word or deed.
• New followers of Christ

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