May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. – (Gal. 6:14) – the appointed text used to greet the Gospel on Sunday

(Pictured here is a landscape from Cape Cod. The painting I discuss below is under copyright, but you can see it if you go to


Have you ever had it happen when an item of décor became part of the background? No matter how important the item is to you, you started to pass by it every day without a thought. When I was younger, my parents had some art hanging on the wall. One of those prints was Jane Wooster Scott’s Cape Cod Autumn. I have always found it a stunning and beautiful work of art that plays with the colors of fall in such clever ways. Yet, I would pass by this piece of art regularly without a thought about it. The artwork had become part of the background and was no longer a focus.


How often does the cross become merely a part of the background in our lives?


The crucifixion of Jesus is one of the most important events, if not the most important moment, in the history of the cosmos. For individuals who aren’t Christian, it makes sense for them to not think about it, but for those of us who are it is odd that we stop thinking of the cross as being front and center. While it was an instrument that brought shame upon those who were killed with it, God made it an instrument to bring us life. The cross is the best display of God’s love for you.


God continue to be with you,

Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+


O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. – Prayer of the Day for Sunday