Mustard seeds are small. You probably know that. I've read that mature mulberry trees are tall and have a complicated root system. Maybe that's news to you.
Here's a familiar teaching: If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea," and it would obey you.
And here's a familiar conclusion: I've never once seen someone move a twig, much less a tree (or a mountain) by faith.
Did something change? Were there tree-moving powers in early faithful folk that faded away? Is our faith not as strong as theirs?
It seems that if moving a tree by faith were something the disciples did, we would read about that somewhere in the Bible. There were other impressive acts of faith (walking on water, healing, forgiving) that are reported.
We'll think about faith on Sunday (as we do each Sunday), using Luke 17:1-10 as our guiding scripture. Read it and be ready to worship the God who is worth believing in and believing.
Please remember that this Sunday morning, October 2, at 10:00 a.m. in Spears Fellowship Hall we will honor the Chancel and hand bell choirs for their dedicated service in leading worship each week. Come and thank them before heading to Sunday School.
Sunday is also World Communion Sunday and we'll reflect that in the morning and evening worship services.
Please make plans to be part of the C-Unity Event Sunday. We will start with worship at Cumberland at 5:00 p.m. A meaningful service has been prepared and will be followed by dinner in Central's Davis Christian Life Center. The dinner will include guided conversation to help us know one another better and draw closer as two congregations who share a street, a denomination, and a faith. In Christ, we are made one. The C-Unity event is one way of helping us experience that as true.
I hope you'll join us.