“[You] have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.” Your True Self is the image of the living God, Father andSon and Holy Spirit. We are made for each other as a family just as God is a family. The practices Paul tells us are part of the old self are the things that keep us apart from one another. These are the things that hurt families and divide our country. You can feel these things in your stomach when they turn up. But now, thanks be to God, we are a new creation in Jesus Christ. In our baptism, Jesus makes us new, so that we can live together as one family without borders between us: “In that renewal there is no longer Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free…” What a gift it is to be freed for love alone! We can sing in awe-filled thanksgiving for the awesome gift of being one family and a new creation! Imagine what it will be like to live for love today. Alleluia!

Starting Wednesday, August 7th, at 5:30pm, we will have a short evening prayer service in the church followed by Bible study. Our first Bible text will be Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16, a beautiful reflection on the meaning of faith. And we will look at the Letter to the Hebrews throughout the month.

This month, I will begin my Clinical Pastoral Education, which is the accredited training for pastoral counseling. That training will be done under the supervision of Pastor Bucky Beach, partially through my ministry at Grace and partially through ministry at our local jail. To prepare for that experience, I am off for a retreat in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, August 12th to Friday, August 16th. While I won’t be in the office that week, I will be home for worship. Pastor Jared Howard of Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet will provide emergency coverage for us.

For the Fall, I am planning a series of bible studies on contemporary issues. Our faith has much to show us about our world. Let me know if there are issues that interest you, and maybe I can work your interest into the series.

My sermons are all posted online at www.gracesouthrange.com/sermons/ and on YouTube athttps://www.youtube.com/user/cavalerima. If you miss us on Sunday, you can still read or listen to the preaching of the Word.

There is a bin for comments on my sermons in the narthex and comment forms in the bulletins. All of your insights are appreciated. Thanks to everyone who has contributed this past month. Your reflections are a great help to me.

Janet Kokko and Karl Rundman are part of my Teaching Committee, which helps me to learn and grow as a minister. Please let them know your thoughts on my ministry.

Do you have dreams for our church? Have you had an idea you wish you could try out on our congregation? Talk tome. Grace is your church. Let’s make it what you need it to be.

As always, I am here for you and want to hear from you. Drop by my office, grab me after church or stop me atWalmart… I look forward to talking with you.

With faith and hope and love,

Micah

Vicar Micah Cavaleri

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