I'm guessing that many of you, like me, have been watching the news about Ferguson.  I find it hard to believe that the events I see on TV are happening in our very own city.  I hope you will hold all of the people of Ferguson in your prayers.

This week the lectionary reading is Matthew 15: 21-28.  It's a difficult story for many reasons, some of which we'll touch on Sunday.  But it couldn't have come at a more important time because it gives us insight as to what can happen when we listen (or don't listen) to others, disruptions that challenge our lives, and how even Jesus can change his mind.  I encourage you to read the story before worship, and come ready to listen and learn and maybe even struggle with what the word of God has to say to us today.

I hope to see you in church.