9/2/21

Oblation Funds Aid Refugees As a worldwide faith movement, Community of Christ strives to embody God's peace through our beliefs in the Worth of All Persons, Unity in Diversity, and Blessings of Community. We stand with other communities of faith and faith-based humanitarian organizations in solidarity with displaced people around the world.

The world spotlight recently highlighted Afghanistan. Thousands of people are being relocated to places that might feel strange or unwelcoming. Our Statement on Immigration explains how to respond to the needs of individuals and families seeking refuge and safety.

A $10,000 donation from oblation funds will be given to aid the work of Church World Service as it supports newly-arriving Afghans. Learn more about this important work on the CWS website.

We continue to monitor the situation and will send additional support as appropriate. Members and friends can give to Worldwide Mission Tithes to support these and future oblation efforts.

The words in Doctrine and Covenants 163:4a call us to hear and respond, "God, the Eternal Creator, weeps for the poor, displaced, mistreated, and diseased of the world because of their unnecessary suffering. Such conditions are not God's will. Open your ears to hear the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children. Do not turn away from them. For in their welfare resides your welfare."

The First Presidency, Blessings,

Carina Lord Wilson, C.P.A.
Bishop & Financial Officer
Central USA Mission Center
Blue Valley Activity Center
Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center

 

8/28/21

Friends,

I apologize for not updating this until now. Due to virus load and the percentage of cases in Jackson County we are once again meeting at the shelter house in Tomasha village. Thanks go to Linda Connelly for arranging this. The next service will be a communion on the 19th of Sept. 10:30 am, there will be a few announcements before we begin,

For the month of October we do have two services scheduled.

The first will be on the 3rd and it will also be a communion as normal. Ralph Williams is scheduled to preside and Jenny Brewer will be sharing with us as speaker.

The next will be on the 17th with Jenny once again presiding and Pat Cole as speaker. Bring your lawn chair and mask and join us as we fellowship together. As always, if there is inclement weather, the service will either be postponed or cancelled. Watch the website or prayer chain for updates.

Peace, JIm

 

9/5/21

Friends,

The verse for today is "Thy will be done.....in earth, as it is in heaven."

A petition to God, that His will be done. Ah, the age old struggle, to pray for His will, and then to have the wisdom to know it. To have discernment. Perhaps, we make it too difficult, we like action, we like to see things happening, to know we are moving in a direction, and if we are quite honest, with our confirmation bias, moving in a direction that suits us.

When I try to distill what is God's will for us, for me I keep returning to the scripture that states" What does the Lord require of you?" And the answer which follows, and I'm paraphrasing, "To deal honestly and justly with your fellow man." Our author in the study guide suggests that it is as simple as remembering the great commission, To love God and to love others, in other words, not so much to have God tell me your will so I can do it, action again, as it is to "Do your will in me." In the gospel according to John we find this, "My food, is to do the will of Him that sent me and to complete His work."

So we find Jesus taking the road less travelled, spending a lot of time with people, always on the road to somewhere, yet always interruptible, always taking a detour to see this one or that, and always found in the company of those that society would have found less than. For me, as with the author, discerning God's will is more about asking for God to teach us to do things Jesus' way, and not just about what we do.

Have a blessed week.

Peace, Jim

   

 

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