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“Set your mind on things that are above, not on things of the earth.”

                  Colossians 3:2

         A week from now the circus will be over. We will have a new president and a winner of the World Series. Some people will wake up next Wednesday disappointed, but more will wake up simply relieved. Comedians hold up calendars that show Election day with no numbers for the days thereafter. Who said the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey had the Greatest Show on Earth?

         As good news people we may enjoy the passing parade, but we’re not likely to run away from home to sell tickets for the no longer politically correct or morally defendable animal acts. As people of faith, we enjoy entertainment as much as anybody else. But we don’t make the mistake of imagining we can make a life of it. This is good news indeed.

         We know that our life is hidden with Christ in God, as Paul wrote to the early followers of the way of Jesus. This means that there are things we commit not to do, like lie to one another. The words Paul wrote to the Colossians more than two thousand years ago sound remarkably fresh today. “Now you must get rid of all such things - anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth.”

         And then Paul wrote this beautiful invitation to new life in Christ that we most frequently share at weddings. “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness (a willingness to not insist on your own way), and patience. If anyone has a complaint against the other, forgive…Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”

         In the days to come, it’s ok to enjoy the show and the game. Eat a ballpark hotdog from the comfort of your favorite chair. Then come Sunday, gather at church with your brothers and sisters in faith to break bread that will satisfy and to participate, if not in the Greatest Show on Earth, then in the greatest story ever told.

Prayer: God in your mercy, hear our prayers.

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland