The Blessing of the Sacraments

posted Aug 5, 2022, 6:56 AM by Tricia Sheffield   [ updated Aug 5, 2022, 6:58 AM ]

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,


Grace and peace to you in this season of Ordinary Time! 


This Sunday is going to be such a special worship as we will be celebrating both of our sacraments. First, we have the joy of welcoming into the Church Universal little David Alan Bull, IV, son of Rileigh (Barradale) and David Bull. I so love saying these words as part of our liturgy whenever I baptize a child, “For you Jesus Christ came into the world; for you he died and for you he conquered death; All this he did for you, little one, though you know nothing of it as yet. We love because God first loved us.” Second, we will gather around God’s wide open table and be reminded of the amazing grace we receive every day as we partake of the bread and the cup, remembering Jesus’ words to “do this in remembrance of me.” 


So, come to worship this Ninth Sunday after Pentecost in person or on Facebook live to witness a child of God being brought into the fold and to receive the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through the Lord’s Supper. Sarah Gordon will be our featured soloist singing “Do Something” for the Prelude and “Brave” for the Anthem. I will be preaching from Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16 — the meaning of faith as seen through our Biblical ancestors — and my sermon title is An Unseen Hope. 


This is my last Sunday with you before I go away on vacation August 8 - 24. After a long two-and-a-half years of the relentlessness of COVID, I am looking forward to this opportunity to rest my body and soul so that I may continue to do the ministry of love God has called me to do here at MRC. I am grateful to the Consistory for approving this time off so I can do just that. I will be signing off of all social media as of Monday morning so I may really have sabbath. If you should have a pastoral emergency, please reach out to Rev. Dawn Seaman, pastor at the Community Church of Keyport at 732-888-7872. I pray you will remain well and the Lord will bless you and keep you during my time of soul-rest.  


See you Sunday!


In gratitude for the joy of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,


Pastor Trish

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