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“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body…Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…” 

Colossians 3:15-17 – ESV

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I greet you as we enter into the summer months!  I do love the rhythm of summer!  And for me, that means music, literally!  I love summer songs!  I’m thinking of one from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (1935).  Perhaps you know the song:  “Summertime.”  I can honestly say I haven’t ever seen the musical/movie and do not know the story.  I just know the first line of the song:  “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”  You can almost feel the slow and sluggish, sultry sizzle of summer as it approaches! 

I use those few words to springboard into this devotional thought:  By nature, we are tempted to change one word, and sing, “Summertime, and the giving is easy…” 

Even though school is out, so much is going on.  We can to all-too-easily shift into the mode or mindset that our giving of time, talent, and treasure to our God becomes even more optional than it is September through May.  

Please let me encourage you with the Colossians passage above.  If Christ’s peace is to rule in our hearts—and if His Word is to dwell in us richly—then being in God’s presence in God’s house on God’s Day (Sunday) is absolutely not optional, and not to be missed!  It is where we receive His gifts of grace, mercy, and peace through Word and Sacrament!

Sure, Sharon & I are going to do some travelling.  I take my handful of Sundays of vacation during the summer months in order that I am here for every festival and holy day the rest of the year.  But each Lord’s Day we are gone, we will Worship Him in a local congregation.  I invite you to do the same! 

Here in New Braunfels, thousands upon thousands from around our nation will be descending upon us!  Let’s continue to be gracious, neighborly hosts!  Especially for those who will choose to Worship at Cross while they’re in town.  What a privilege we have in that.  Look for opportunities and people to invite to church with you!

We continue our June/July practice:  We’re saving some paper & postage by combining the June & July editions of this Cross Ties Newsletter.  So, you’ll find both June and July calendars included, and a doubling-up on lists like Birthdays & Anniversaries—as well as both June and July Sunday Morning SERVICE Schedules.  Please be sure to note that!!  The August edition will return with its full issue of news, articles, schedules, and more.

Finally, it is the streaming presence of God’s love in Christ—flowing to us in Word & Sacraments—that makes us glad, not only in the summer, but every day of the year!  To love and believe in Him is to be here in His house every opportunity we are given.  That’s why I say, again and always:  See you in church! 

     In the name Christ, in Whom we are one,
     Pastor Don Fraker – Colossians 3:15


Commending of Self Prayer

Blessed Lord Christ, I commend myself to Your direction and care today.  May I speak with Your tongue, work with Your hands, walk with Your feet, feel with Your heart, think with Your thoughts and breathe with Your Spirit.  Amen.

(by John Baillie – 1886-1960)


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