Dear Traditionalists and Non-Traditionalists,

Pope Francis' recent trip to the United States has invited me into some conversations on tradition. The Catholic church seems so full of tradition, I am glad our church doesn’t have all those traditions.  Is tradition helpful for faith formation?

Someone once asked a rabbi if it’s necessary to follow the traditions of Judaism  in order to affirm the Jewish faith. The rabbi took a glass of water and poured part of it out on the ground. "The water in the glass and the water on the ground," he explained, “are identical. But for me to drink the water, I need to have it in the glass.”

How many people today are down on their hands and knees, faces to the ground, trying to suck some sustaining moisture out of the parched desert sand? Far better to hold the brimming glass of our faith-tradition in our hands: God’s covenant, which is for all generations.

We are coming into a season of some of God's Grace Community Church (GGCC) traditions.

*Extreme Community Makeover - October 17, 9:00 am

*All Saints Day and the lifting up of the people who have died, but shaped our faith before entering the

  dimensions of the Kingdom of God that is to come- Sun. Nov. 1

*Fall Fair - Sun. Nov. 1, 8:30am-noon

*Pie Social -Thurs. Nov. 19, 6:30 pm

*Paris Elementary Thanksgiving Basket Delivery - Sat. Nov. 21

*Open Door Christmas Party -Sat. Dec. 19, 10am-noon. Set up for party -Fri. Dec. 18 @ noon

*Christmas Eve Worship - Dec 24, 3 & 5 pm

Thanks be to God for the fresh life of the Holy Spirit that comes anew to the traditions that shape our lives.

Prayers…please lift up an old colleague of mine, Gary Knutson, who I understand had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. I hear he is doing well and a full recovery is expected.

See Genesis 11:1-9 for further reflection.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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