We began by asking some little ones what it was like to feel salt on their tongue. One youngster wanted to come back for more!

What makes salt lose its strength? Recounting how salt was processed from places like the Dead Sea. If Sodium Chloride (our table salt) was left with other salts, added moisture would turn it all to chalk. Useless!

The story of Elbert Hubbard and his letter to the deceased Ida Straus, and how she came to die with her husband in the Titanic tragedy in 1912. Three years later, the same death came to Elbert and his wife on the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, after a torpedo from a German U-boat sunk the great ship eleven miles off the coast of Ireland.

What does it mean to be used? Two more stories about this, and a new way to look at ourselves as the current way to describe “used cars” –“Pre-owned”! And indeed we are pre-owned by God.

The sermon concluded with a meditative reading of the Covenant Prayer from our Wesleyan tradition.

Gospel: Luke 14:25-35
Sermon: “Use It or Lose It”

This is the Second Sunday in Kingdomtide. There are thirteen weeks in this final quarter of this year’s “Seasons of Grace,” the liturgical year revised according to the cycle of The Bible Through the Seasons. For a calendar of this whole year, together with ways to interpret the church year, visit the menu item “Seasons of Grace: Liturgical Calendar”.

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