On September 11, 2015 we held our annual Angel Walk. Twenty-nine people signed-in and others also joined in presence or participative support. By God’s grace and faithful generosity and the hard work of many, we were able to raise $1,700.00, Thanks be to all who graciously contributed time, talent and treasure to this effort. Eight hundred and fifty dollars will go to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and eight hundred and fifty dollars will go to the Youth Scholarship Fund of the Brentwood Presbyterian Church. Sunday, September 20, 2015 included in the lectionary reading from the gospel the story of Jesus taking a little child into his arms and saying, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ Children were important to Jesus and they are important to us.
Although our church may be small in size we seek by grace to follow the example of our Lord to love as Christ has loved, to love all whom Christ loves. When asked which was the greatest commandment Jesus responded, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Jesus always sought out those who were the least, those who were marginalized, and those who were cast out because of illness or what was perceived to be unclean. As we look with honest eyes we see that we are all broken and needy before God. Yet God has chosen to love us and make us whole in and through Christ. Therefore with freedom and great joy we can by grace love freely as we see ourselves in the other and the face of Christ in all. Our Angel Walk is just one of the many ways in which we put this truth into practice.