United Church of Sun City
11250 N. 107th Ave., Ste. 105
Sun City, AZ 85351
Web site: www.uccsc.com
Facebook: United Church of Sun City
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.
Communion - 1st Sunday of each month
Healing Service - 3rd Sunday of each Month
at 11:15 a.m. in Grace Chapel
Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
in Pastor Brady's Office
The Pastor's Post
As I write this, the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants are playing for the National League Pennant. The Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles are playing to see who wins the American League Pennant. I grew up a Royals’ fan and attended my first major league ballgame watching the Royals and the Yankees play in KC’s first ever playoff game in 1976. I became a Cardinals’ fan after living in St. Louis. It is very difficult to live in St. Louis and not follow the Cardinals – and its fun! This year I hope for another I-70 World Series: Royals vs. Cardinals.
Some of you have asked who I would root for if that world-series match up happens. That would be a difficult choice for me but my answer is probably the Royals’ since they are my boyhood team and I regard them with sentimental value. Plus, they haven’t been in the post season since 1985 when they won it all. The Cardinals on the other hand have more world-series championships (11) than any other team but the Yankees. The Cards last won the world-series in 2011. So I might lean for the Royals, but in that dream matchup of mine, either team winning would be OK.
There are many times that we are faced with having to make choices and quite often on subjects with far greater consequence than who wins a ballgame. In the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus is asked about choosing whether or not to pay taxes, he responds by telling those around him to “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and give to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21, NRSV).
We can use those words and that guidance in our lives today. As someone once asked me several years ago, what activity fills the pages of your calendar? How much of that activity does God get? How much does God deserve? Those, and questions like them, are ones we can ask today. Are we giving God all the God deserves? Yes, we most certainly have choices to make.
And as for ballgames, if things don’t turn out the way I want (which is often the case), there is always next year. And of course, I will once again make the choice to root for my favorite teams.