Happy Summer! As I write it is the longest day that has the longest span of daylight of the year for those living north of the equator. Starting tomorrow, each day will get a bit shorter – and it’s all downhill from there until December, when we start all over again. But fortoday, Summer is a comin’ in!

The readings for this Sunday – and many of the summer Sundays –

offer some familiar stories that may challenge some of our assumptions, or invite us to see new things we had not considered before; they definitely give us

a lot to think about! You can read it all at: www.lectionarypage.net. Just click on the calendar for the date.

The Gospel for this Sunday: Mark 4:35-41

“When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” Andleaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said tohim, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, andsaid to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

What are the things that make us afraid?

Where do we find calm in the storms that assail us in our own lives?

Yesterday was World Refugee Day. Many countries, including the United States, are facing refugee crises: so many people driven from their homes, seeking places of peace and safety for themselves and their children. Horrible stories are surfacing of children being forcibly taken away from their parents along our southern borders.

While some say that this is necessary, many others say such actions are evil and cruel, and need to be stopped immediately. Some say thatwe can’t possibly take all these people seeking help. What does Jesus say?

Our baptismal covenant asks: “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” We answer, “I will, with God’s help.”

All of these are our neighbors. With God’s help we can do this. With God, nothing isimpossible.

As is often the case, it is the collect for this week that helps me find some perspective and direction as I continue my journey.
Let us pray:

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving- kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May the loving-kindness of God be ever present for all of us.

Peace and blessing,

Carol+