August 23 – One Body

Being a faithful community is at best difficult. Paul told the Church in Rome that to do so they needed to live sacrificially, counter-culturally, and humbly.

So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.

Romans 12:5
Dog wearing a face mask.
Photo by R. Shaw

The current pandemic provides an object lesson on the merits of ideal community that Paul advocated. Imagine if in early March everyone could have suddenly chosen to live sacrificially for the benefit of the whole society by washing their hands, keeping safe distances, and wearing masks; by counter-culturally setting aside urges to keep the economy running; and by not thinking of oneself as so important to flout protections that could keep everyone healthy.

To honestly and faithfully follow Christ is very counter-cultural. Doing so is an admission of not being self-made, but God made; not being independent, but by the power of the Holy Spirit connected with and interdependent with all of God’s children, including those whom we disagree and those of other faiths.

I will have more to say about Romans 12:1-8 here by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 23rd.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

When did you recently misplace your keys?

Recently I left my church keys at home and had to return home so I could go to work. Keys are very useful, as long as we have them with us.

I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything that you don’t allow.

Matthew 16:19 (CEV)

We teach our children Bible stories and short verses so that they will have the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven wherever they happen to travel.


By 8 AM Sunday, August 23rd, 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.