"You are the light of the world.  In the same way, let your light shine before others,so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven."- Matthew 5:14,16



As I write this, we are between the observance of Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June.  We seek to honor our parents and express gratitude to God for the positive values we learned from our parents.

My own prayer as a father and grand-dad, is that  our children and grand-children will emulate the values of worth keeping, which they see in my behavior, and that they will avoid the blunders and shortcomings they see in me. 

That is to say, some family life is wonderful and some could use some improvement.  Most of us grew up in families which were somewhere between the light-hearted comedy of Home Improvement, and the on-stage mayhem of the Jerry Springer show.  Home is where we learn our good habits and our not-so-habits.

We talk about the people in worship as our “church family.”  Our brothers and sisters in Christ.  They can encourage us during times of depression and hopelessness.  They can laugh and bring us joy we’re struck with wonderful surprises. 

A healthy congregation can be an extended family of faith, when doubts overwhelm us.

I have seen you reach out within our congregation with expressions of care and compassion.  I have seen you respond to the needs of others, as though you were members of their family.

Whether it’s Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, let us thank God for the gifts of parents who did what they could to nurture and encourage us, as we grew through the challenges of childhood and grew into caring adults.  Likewise, let us forgive our parents of their shortcomings.

Jesus of Nazareth taught that we can imagine the God of the Universe as a caring parent, as he began his sample prayer, saying “Our father who art in heaven.  Holy be your name”

                                                             Grace and Peace and Joy – Pastor Art

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Hanahan, SC  29410
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Rev. Art Gatewood,

Worship Service Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sermon:  What Is Martha's Complaint?  
Scripture:  Luke 10: 38 - 42  
 Sunday School 10:00am