Questions...the asking of questions is the way we grow our faith.In our readings for July there are questions asked … by disciples, by strangers, by challengers of Jesus.Some of the questions are very direct...some are implied.

Those we encounter in scripture during the month of July ask:Who is my neighbor?Do you not care, Jesus?Whom does God send?How much does God care?All of these questions push us to grow deeper in our faith as we consider who God is, what God does, and what God calls us to do.Even if you aren’t here for worship on these Sundays (and I know a lot of folks are gone in July to the lake, the campground, on vacation…) read the texts, ponder the questions, and see where God takes your faith as you seek to grow it.

The services are live streamed on Grace Lutheran’s Facebook page each Sunday at 9:00 AM so if you have access to a screen, you can participate that way.They are also then archived so they can be watched later.

If you are gone a lot this summer, I encourage you to make an offering — whether through the mail or by Simply Giving.Our expenses continue over the summer, so your regular gifts are deeply appreciated.You are so generous in supporting the work that God does through Grace and I say thank you for that.

Take time to celebrate this month.We celebrate the freedoms and rights that are ours in the United States.We celebrate how God has brought a diverse group of people together to form a strong nation.We are also reminded of the freedom that is ours through Christ.We have been freed from all that binds us — sin, death, and evil.We are freed for service — we can give ourselves away for the sake of all our neighbors for our lives are held by God.Give thanks for the freedoms that are yours through Christ.

Blessings on your July! Pastor Siri Sorenson

PS: At the Synod Assembly we elected a new bishop: The Rev. Constanze Hagmaier who currently serves with her husband Pastor Dirk Hagmaier at Trinity in Madison.She will begin her call September 1st.Please pray for our new bishop and her family as she begins.