Friday Greetings — October 20

Dear Centenary friends,

If you've ever spent any significant time with young children, then you've probably heard the the oft-repeated protest, "Mine!  That's mine!" usually accompanied by demands that the item in question be handed over immediately - or else.  Even three year old's know that possession (as they say) is 9/10's of the law...an expression which, according to Wikipedia, means that ownership of something is easier to prove or maintain if one has possession of it, and more difficult to enforce if one does not, as in "The rightful owner shall have his/her possession returned to them, if taken or used".  What belongs to whom is a question that dogs our days from early childhood to advanced old age; and, according to Holy Writ, it's not an insignificant question.  Indeed, for Christians, it's one of the most important questions there is:  we can find it right there waiting for us in this week's lessons from the Old Testament and the Gospel.

So, come to worship scripturally prepared!  This Sunday's Bible readings are Exodus 33:12-23 and Matthew 22:15-22.  Read both, and then ask yourself:  What is my most treasured possession?  Did I get it for myself, or was it a gift?  Are there circumstances under which I would give it up or give it away...or give it back?

Opportunities to seek treasure, and to share it, come to us day by day; but there's no better time to celebrate the One who is life's greatest treasure, than when we're in worship together.  See you on Sunday!  

Grace and Peace from God,

Pastor Susan