What is your purpose?

A Note from Our Pastor

We are entering the last few steps of our discernment process, and this week we are going to be considering Luke 18:9-14, our purpose in life, and how that is connected to the purpose of our church.  This is good stuff wherever you are in life; it is good to consider why you are here and how it relates to other areas of your life.  It is a good way to discern whether the things you are involved with in life help you be the person God is calling you to be at this time.
Let us read the text together:
He [Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded other with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Two people are mention in the Gospel text, a pharisee and a tax collector.  The Pharisee would have had status within the community whereas the tax collector was ranked among thieves and adulterers.  Given what we read in the text which person do you think was connected more to their purpose?  Or were either of them clear about their purpose?  
Last week, in our discernment process we considered capacity.  We pondered the question what do we have the “capacity” to do?  Do we have the capacity to fulfill our vision?  Can we build capacity that would help us accomplish our purpose?  These are good questions for us to ponder individually and collectively.
I hope you will join us Sunday as we look at our purpose individually and collectively.  No matter where you are in life or how you feel connected to our faith community, our discussion Sunday will be well worth your time.  We meet in the fellowship hall 10 a.m. until noon.  There will  be coffee and snacks to help us in our discernment.
Blessings on the Journey,

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