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GREETINGS FROM WORSHIP PLANNERS – SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2022

A ZOOM SERVICE

Hebrews 11:29-12;2

MORE ABOUT FAITH

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From Hebrews 12: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”

Today’s portion sets out many examples of faith, beginning with the passing through the Red Sea. It goes on to mention Jericho and those who “suffered mocking and flogging, even chains,” and who were persecuted and died for faith. We think of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran pastor and outspoken dissident, who was executed in a German concentration camp in 1945.

As an aside, Elie Wiesel, in “Five Biblical Portraits,” (Notre Dame 1981) says “Joshua did not object to war, and that is our problem with him.” Wiesel concludes: “Poor Joshua, glorious Joshua. He was forced to win so many battles – with no one around to say thank you. Except God.”

A Talmud commentary says : “…the first crowning virtue is faith, the principle upon which the whole relationship of man with God ultimately rests.” (“Everyman’s Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages.” Abraham Cohen, Ed. Schocken, NY 1949).

With Rev. Carl Hilton-VanOsdall we continue our exploration of faith as it manifests in our lives. Join us on Zoom at 4 p m for Carl’s message, Joys and Concerns, and weekly Communion. Tom Jones is our musician. Zoom links appear in your Sunday morning email.

As a special part of our service, we’ll share memories of Richard Munkelwitz, who died recently. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

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