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When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21 NRSV
“A Sheepdogs Tale” 
         It has been a beautiful summer in Baldwinsville! I have been blessed by the warm welcome and kind reception that my family and I have enjoyed as we have entered ministry here in this wonderful village.  I am very excited to engage the congregation and the community this fall. 
         Over the summer, we have looked together at the “I AM” statements of Jesus.  When God sent Moses to liberate the people of Israel enslaved in Egypt, God expressed God’s name to Moses as “I AM”.  In the eighth chapter of John’s Gospel Jesus says to his detractors, “Before Abraham was, I AM!”  Very striking and controversial way for an itinerant Rabbi to identify themselves! 
         Beginning September 9th, we will turn and study the Sermon on the Mount for several weeks.  Matthew 5, 6 and 7 contains Jesus Kingdom of God Manifesto – Jesus rules for living in the Kingdom that he is ushering in. 
         Plan to come and join us as we take a closer look at the life Jesus intends for all who follow to live.  Beginning September 9th, we will take time at 10:30 Sunday mornings to take a deeper look at the mornings sermon and ask questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. 
         Come and join us for worship at 9am, stay and visit with us at 10:30am – we’ll save you a seat!
Pastor Bill