What’s your summer excitement? With warm weather comes some long-awaited things. For our boys, it’s
excitement over pools, water parks, and Hawaiian Shaved Ice huts opening. In other homes, families find
excitement in the opening of schedules for summer travel and kids find excitement in the opening of school
doors to release students for summer break.
This summer we are excited to celebrate other important openings at church. Being able to open more pews
for service and open options for summer Sunday school and church events make this summer a memorable
In The Beatitudes, we are told that Jesus opened his mouth to teach the crowds through some very im-
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for
they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall
receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons[a] of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter
all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heav-
en, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
No matter the season or circumstance, God’s word is always open to us. Praise the Lord for that. I look for-
ward to seeing you in an open pew very soon!