Sunday, August 10 was the Eighth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Romans 8:12: “Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.” Here St. Paul is telling us that we are debtors of faith not finances. In the physical world we have financial debts to pay that no one likes, but we also have a debt to God in that we promise in the Baptism and Confirmation rituals to follow God’s laws and follow Christ as Lord and Savior. Our ultimate debt is not to the body because if we live only for physical things the end is death, but there is another side of life for those who live in the spirit: they attain life as a child of God. As Christians we are the children of God and the heirs of Christ’s inheritance, which is eternal life.
In announcements Bishop Hartley noted that September 14 will be a vestry meeting, as well as, the annual all-parish meeting. After the service we gathered in the parish hall for coffee hour as usual and enjoyed ice cream and birthday cake in honor of Anne Sasko.
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