August 16 – Reconciliation

Joseph’s reunion with his brothers as told in Genesis 45 appears to be a story of forgiveness and reconciliation. In this story what is not said is critical to their future.

Broken glass window. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

True reconciliation has three parts: (1) recognition and admission of harm, (2) genuine repentance, a desire to behave differently in the future to prevent further harm, and (3) restitution, a tangible effort to restore what had been harmed.

To fully appreciate Joseph’s relationship with his half-brothers read all of Genesis 37, 42-45, 48, and 50. If you have more time, the story begins earlier. To appreciate the tension between their mothers begin at Genesis 29.

I will have more to say about Genesis 45:1-15 here by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 16th, 2020.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

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Why do you wash your hands before eating?

Because we are concerned about what goes into our mouths. Keeping dirt and germs out keeps us healthy.

Jesus warned his disciples that what comes out of our mouths is more important. The words that we say can really hurt or they can help. The words that come out of our mouths show what is really inside our hearts and what we hold important.

These days we also wear a mask over our mouths to keep our germs from hurting other people. Too bad we do not have a mask that can stop nasty words from spreading.


By 8 AM Sunday, August 16th, a video of this worship service will be embedded here. After that time, you will also be able to view worship on a smart-TV through YouTube by searching for Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.

The Offering

As disciples of Jesus Christ we give so that we may dedicate the whole of our lives by sharing a portion of what we earn with others.

Although COVID-19 has forced us to curtail all in person groups, meetings, classes, …, even office hours. Yet we continue other ministries. For example: Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday school for children and the Fellowship Hour all meet via video-teleconference.

In these unusual times we deeply appreciate your giving through your bank or by clicking our Give Now button. We continue to check our mailbox regularly so you may mail your check to us.