This past Sunday, I shared in worship that sometimes we try to make the faith too complicated.  Using the Letter of James as a basis, we explored the essence of Christian Basics.  James assumes that we have faith, but implores us not just believe in Jesus, but to live out the faith.  During our devotional time last night at Consistory (our church board), I shared three quotes I found in the publication Stewards in the Household of God by the United Church of Christ – 2008.  “If you want peace, work for justice.” (Pope Paul VI)  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  (Margaret Mead)  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  (Mahatma Gandhi)  I see these quotes as expressions of what James was talking about.  “Work.  Change.  Be the change.”  Each requires action.  Or, as an old bumper sticker once said: “To Believe is to Care.  To Care is to Do.  The United Church of Christ.”  May we believe.  May we care.  May we do.  All in the ways of Jesus: Love of Neighbor; Love of Children; Love of Creation.

Pastor Bob

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