June 2024

Where does the word “generosity” come from?

The word “generous” starts with the ancient root gen-, which means creation or “begetting” (other words with this root are genesis, generation, genealogy, etc.). It’s also related to the Latin word genus, meaning kin or clan (genus is a category used in science to name animals and plants). But the word “generous” has had different meanings over time. In the 1500s, it was used to mostly describe something from “noble birth,” changing over the centuries to connect to ideas of charity. Nowadays we might think of “freely giving” when we hear the word “generosity” – giving of our time, talents, and treasures. – Vicar Aaron Musser

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I like a lot about the way things are in my life…do I need to change?

Paul writes that the the love of Christ urges us on.  We are always being challenged to grow in seeing things from Christ’s point of view.  When we commit to growing in Christ-like-ness, that becomes our measure of what our life is all about. I can’t see how we can do this and not be changed.  Maybe this is what Paul’s message in our reading this week is all about…when he talks about dying and rising, he isn’t talking literally dying, he’s talking about dying to our current way of being in order to make space for something new.  – Pastor Trudy Stoffel

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How can we know and do “the will of God”?

In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask for “[God’s] will be done.” But how do we know if we are living in accordance with God’s will? An important scripture verse from the prophet Micah can help: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) This verse can serve as a key to help notice God’s will in the world: Is it just? Is it merciful? Does it help us live a humble life? When we notice and join God’s work of justice, mercy, and humility, we can trust that God’s will is at work in us! – Vicar Aaron Musser

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