This week’s memory verse: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6

Pray the week: Lord, help me to enter into new life in You through the narrow gate, to take up the harder path and so achieve paradise forever.

This week’s memory verse: But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.Acts 20:24

Pray the week: Lord, grant me the gift of perseverance. Help me to keep my eyes on You, not to look back, not to quit.

This week’s memory verse: But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31

Pray the week: Lord, your judgment is just and righteous. Grant that I may be prepared for Your return, expectant and faithful.

This week’s memory verse: Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.Psalm 119:37

Pray the week: Lord, Grant that I may keep my focus on You. May Your kingdom be my priority and Your way my wealth.

This week’s memory verse: Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.John 16:24

Pray the week: Lord, Grant that I may be confident and faith filled in approaching Your Throne of Grace. Help me to persevere.

This week’s memory verse: When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?Psalm 56:3-4

Pray the week: Lord, Grant me faith trust; knowledge of Your all pervading presence and power and full trust in it.

Still on the on-time newsletter streak. How many months is it?

And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” Summer is about preparation. Going on a picnic? Having a barbecue? Friends coming over to sit on the deck or hit the pool? Heading off to the beach or on vacation? Going on a summer walk?
We gather food, charcoal (if you are old school like me), sunblock, bug spray, our more colorful clothes (I’m getting my Hawaiian shirts ready). Summer joy is about two things – preparation for joy and getting to that place where we can be joyful. This summer let us reflect on our spiritual preparedness and to focus on what that preparedness will bring for us – true and eternal joy. This summer, as we gather food, let us reflect on the food of everlasting life – in Word and Communion. As we put on sunblock, let us block the evils that challenge our faith. As we spray away the bugs, let us push away the things that sting our soul. And, prepare that colorful garment for the joys of the kingdom.

Also in our newsletter, prayers for Orlando, a huge thanks to the Matsiko Orphan Choir, a Year of Reverence update, a happy summer to our youth – we are off to Kurs and Convo, our parish and community picnic on the church grounds on Sunday, August 21st, and special thanks to all those who pitched in at PolishFest. So much more too…

You may view and download a copy of our July 2016 Newsletter right here.

This week’s memory verse: And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.Matthew 23:9

Pray the week: Father, guide my life and lead me in all things. Help me, by Your grace, to do Your will.