Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

Sojourners with Jesus

Hello Gloria Dei,

Will you be traveling this summer? Either by car, plane, bicycle, or foot? I think we all can answer yes to that question. Whether we jump in the car to enjoy an afternoon picnic with family or friends, or whether we jump on a plane and travel to enjoy a distant vacation, or whether we put on our hiking shoes and take a walk by the river, we will all be traveling this summer.

Truth be told, we are travelers not just during the summer, but all throughout our lives. The Bible tells us that we are sojourners through this life and this world, and that our true home is in heaven forever. Yes, we are travelers and sojourners, and our lives matter to God.

Psalm 121 begins with these words: "I lift up my eyes to the hills -- from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth." The psalm closes with these words: "The Lord will keep your life. He will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore."

This is a traveler’s psalm; a psalm for sojourners like us. The promise is that while we travel, whether it be on a summer trip, or whether it be the journey that is our life, God is keeping watch over us. All of our comings and goings are known by the God who loves us.

As we travel through this life, the Bible gives us the great news of our salvation, found in Christ. It also serves as a guide for how God calls us to live and act. As we continue in our Sermon on the Mount series, please read Matthew 5:21-48 and ponder what it means for your life. These verses will be used for our worship this weekend, and while these are not easy teachings from our Lord, they are important for our lifelong journey of faith with Jesus.

May God bless you on your summer journeys. When you're in town, be sure to be in worship. And if you are traveling, worship at another church, or join us on our livestream, every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. And may God bless you on your life journey. As we "lift our eyes to the hills", we have the sure and certain promise that "our help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth."

See You in Worship!

Pastor Tim

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