Sunday, July 13 was the Fourth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Romans 8:18: “I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” In this letter Paul deals with the fact that the world we live in is not perfect & we have to endure much suffering; the trials we survive make us stronger as the world waits for a better age to come. In Jewish theology of the day time is divided into two ages: the present bad time & the future new age to be found through God. This was a basic aspect of Jewish thought. Paul goes on to say that not only man suffers but also nature suffers from man’s sin & nature also longs for the glory of God as we wait for liberation from sin. For Paul, life is not despair but expectation of redemption; the Christian lives not only in the world but also in Christ.
After the service we had a potluck dinner followed by a short vestry meeting. Several members were out due to illness or travel but we had just enough people for a quorum. During the meeting the Connells had a phone call from their son Chandler at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he is undergoing basic training; this was his first allowed phone call. He reports that the training is rough going but he is enjoying it and doing well.
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