Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Holy Scripture encourages us to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Envy prompts us to the opposite, to weep at the rejoicing of our rivals and rejoice at their weeping, a frontal assault on the great commandment to love our neighbor. For the past three weeks we’ve been talking about virtue: what it is, why we need it, and how we get it. This Sunday we begin a serieson the Seven Deadly Sins and how to overcome them. I’ve been humbled in my preparations by how much I see them at work in my own life, and hopeful at God’s power in me to overcome them. We’ll start this Sunday with envy.

Did you see this Statesman story on our Christ Church garden last Saturday? Christ Church installed and maintains an urban garden for the homeless. Click the button on the right side of this newsletter for the garden blog, and to read some of Matt Evan’s (chief gardener) reports and wry humor. And sign your family, friends or small group up for a day of service in the garden!

Lastly, here’s the article written by Christ Church-er, Dr. Tim Harstad, on transformational discipleship, specifically explaining Dallas Willard’s Vision-Intention-Means process that I spoke about last Sunday. We left copies for you to pick up after worship last week and you scooped them all up. May this resource lead you further up and further in!

Under His Mercy,