August 12 Sermon - Radically different views, Evil and Violence - following the massacre at a Sikh Temple in Michigan

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will...

Our hearts are given to the way of Jesus. But we often need a grant from the spirit in order to follow it.

As mentioned in Jonathan's sermon, at least a dozen of us from St. Paul's did stop by the Sikh temple in Lynden after the service. They opened their holy books, explained their services, allowed us to approach the altar, and were most welcoming.

They served an amazingly delicious meal to all who walked into the temple. A woman confided that they toned down  the spiciness for us :-)

I met gentle, devout, kind people reaching out with sadness in their hearts, but with a firm resolve not to give in to fear and despair. They are Children of God. Keep them in your prayers.