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We are in the midst of a very busy but joyful season in Community Ministries at IPC. I want to thank you for your generosity and active participation in so many of our ministries as we seek to serve our wider community and world.

Sundays often provide a good opportunity for families to come together for quality time. We hope you will see this upcoming Sunday as a chance to spend time with your church family.

Sitting down and hearing what someone has to say is easy, right? Not always. Truly listening to, not just hearing, what someone is saying can be challenging at times, especially when we are listening for God’s voice. This Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, will join us as our guest preacher and the Barbara Noojin Walthall lecturer. She’ll deliver a sermon during the 8:45 and 11 am worship services entitled “Cacophony & Polyphony,” which will be on passages in both the Old and New Testaments that refer to listening to the voice of God.

This coming Sunday is World Communion Sunday, a day in which we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with churches all around the world. The diversity of the global church is as wide-ranging as the various flavors of breads that will be broken, and yet our one Lord Jesus Christ, our one faith in him, and our one baptism into his Church sustain our unity as the global church.

I found that living a life motivated by faith and good heartedness fixes more problems than any amount of donations or charity work. I was so blessed to be able to experience this once in a lifetime trip at such a young age. Now, I know what living a life as the Lord’s servant really means.