North Greenwich Congregational Church
Pastor’s Weekly Update
August 10, 2018
From the Backcountry …
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers …” Psalm 8
The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend! This August phenomenon was first recorded by Chinese astrologers in 36 A.D. It will be particularly brilliant this year because it coincides with several moonless nights. The best viewing will be early Monday morning. Once your eyes adjust to the darkness, you should be able to count some 70 meteors per hour if the conditions are favorable (find a spot that is not too impacted by light pollution.) The meteor shower is named for Perseus, the Greek hero and slayer of monsters. It’s one of those spiritual moments when you feel both the speck of nothingness, and yet a radiant part of all that is.
Sunday, August 12 Morning Worship and Barbeque 10:30 a.m.
Lectionary Readings: Psalm 130; John 6: 35, 41-51
Text: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” John 6:51
Sermon: “Bread and Circuses”
Tease: We take a final look at John’s account of Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand. Once again, we will be reminded that Jesus is the “Bread of Life,” a humble metaphor that challenges us to consider not the things that we want … but the things that we truly need. Sadly, the crowd is not interested in Jesus’ “heavenly” sustenance. Like many today, they are too easily enticed with promises of bread and circuses.
Final Summer Barbeque THIS Sunday!! Following Service
It is our joy to welcome the members of Green family from New Hampshire this weekend. Many of you will remember the legendary Henry Green, NGCC pastor (1969-1979) who established the Henry Green Scholarship program. This Sunday, great granddaughter, Julia Tibbits will be receiving a 2018 scholarship. How exciting that it coincides with our last summer pot-luck barbeque!
As always, hot dogs. hamburgers and drinks will be provided
Please bring a salad and/or desert to share!!
See You Sunday!!
Road Rules: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (Christopher Robin to Pooh) A.A. Milne