Wake to lightning and thunder, but no rain here, and scattered thunderstorms appear to have cleared off for the Monday morning walk.
Black coffee and no chocolate nor nothin’ else this morning: six-monthly blood draw after the walk, for next week’s routine visit to the doctor. Going direct from the walk, and then to the church office to draft the worship booklet for next Sunday. For 10:30 we have a booklet with everything in it but the hymns. If we put the hymns in it, the next step will be a rolling Communion cart down the aisle like meal service in economy/coach.
August 1, on the holy day calendar Joseph of Arimathea. The gospel reading for next Sunday, August 7 is
Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
"But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."
I don’t know about that one. Maybe the psalm for the day is better:
Psalm 33:12-22 Exultate, justi
12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord! * happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
13 The Lord looks down from heaven, * and beholds all the people in the world.
14 From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze * on all who dwell on the earth.
15 He fashions all the hearts of them * and understands all their works.
16 There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; * a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; * for all its strength it cannot save.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him, * on those who wait upon his love,
19 To pluck their lives from death, * and to feed them in time of famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord; * he is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, * for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22 Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, * as we have put our trust in you.