Thought of the Day:

But who do you say that I am? ~ Mark 8:29
I am enjoying meeting and greeting many of you. I am learning about where you live, about your jobs, your family, your hobbies, and more. This is a time of making connections and a time of getting a sense of who you are as I learn about your context. When we learn about each other there are insights to be gained, but there are limits to how much we can know about another person. We can never perfectly know another because we have not walked in their shoes and have not experienced the same moments another has experienced. Even two people who have lived together a long time and have a great relationship will find there are surprises in the other and still new insights to be gained. I think the best part of living in community is the ongoing surprises and insights that we can discover about each other.
In this week’s scripture lesson from Mark we hear about Jesus and the disciples’ continuing to development their relationship with each other. Jesus is curious about what people are saying about him. Jesus also asks the disciples, “But who do you say that I am?”
This is a questions for all of us. What would you say to some who asked you, “Who is Jesus Christ?” and “Why do you follow him?”  As with relationships in our lives, our understanding of Jesus changes as we experience life in different ways. Our faith is strengthened and grows when we are engaged in community and we are in conversation learning and sharing our faith.
Fall is a great time to get back to participating in our wonderful Bethany community. I would like to encourage you to come and join us this Sunday for Rally Day and bring a friend. All are welcome! The theme is “We are a Colorful Bunch.” You are encouraged to wear your favorite primary color.
Sunday will also be Ruth Ann Poppen, our new Director of Worship’s first day. We will officially install her on Sunday, September 20.
Peace and blessings to you,
Pastor Cathy