Ground Hog’s Day Update!

Well, Phil saw his shadow so we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter. Growing up in Iowa we didn’t put too much stock in what happened out here in PA, but I did keep track of Ground Hog’s Day if only for the curiosity of it. But what are you prepared for? Do you have all of your firewood set? This too is part of the tradition of this of the year. At halfway between Winter and Spring people would make sure they had enough firewood and hay to get them through the rest of Winter, and into Spring. We of course have other ways to warm ourselves, and I don’t know how many have livestock, beside dogs and cats, that need to be fed on the regular. But we do have the assurance that God will help us through the rest of the Winter and into the freshness of Spring.

That help from God will play into the sermon for Sunday. In most of the reading for this week we hear of broken people who are still, nonetheless, called to serve God by serving the world. I’m reminded constantly of a poster in the Wentz Library on the Gettysburg Campus : “God doesn’t need your good works, but your neighbor does.” Sounds like a decent pastoral theology and church mission, all rolled up into ten words.

Prayer List : Our work for our neighbor includes lifting their joys and concerns to God in prayer. : Today we lift Christian and all those who serve in the military, health care, and as first responders. We pray for Pam , Betty Lou, Mark, Pat, Seth, DJ, Margaret, George, Arleen, Greg, Ruth, Darryl, Billie, Dave, Tim and Lisa. We give thanks for the birth of a son, Wilder, to Vicar David’s classmates Hillary and Evan. We ask God’s blessings on all families. All these things and whatever concerns are know only to God we lift, trusting in God’s mercy’s and grace. Be well, people of God. AMEN.

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