For at least 20 years, author Parker Palmer’s humble wisdom has helped me notice that every tie matters, and that soulful presence makes new connections and strengthens the sacred net.
The organ prelude for this coming Sunday, September 6, is a setting of the hymn, “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart, (Gift of Finest Wheat)” by Ron Schmoltze. Nathan Benavides will sing this hymn during communion. I invite you to sing along with Nathan on the refrain and consider learning it or singing it as a daily prayer.
Do you have a 6th grader in your life? Our beloved FUMCFW 6th grade Confirmation begins next month! Registration is now open. Sign up now to be a part of this unforgettable experience that will make them official members of the church and welcomes them into Youth Ministries, and all that lies beyond it!
Last week we completed the last of our 4-part “Be the Bridge” book study and discussion about being instruments of God’s work for racial reconciliation. The gatherings were powerful, unsettling, and provided opportunities for people to be open, honest, and discover God’s gracious, guiding Presence in small groups. As we read the early chapters, many of us…
Yes, this certainly IS a strange 4th of July! I’ve heard so many people say that — or something like that — almost everywhere I’ve been (with my mask firmly in place and six feet away). No big cookouts. No gatherings to enjoy fireworks. No parties by the pool. But there is much to be celebrated because we have been invited, compelled, by our own Declaration of Independence to hold our government accountable to upholding the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
This Sunday, Linda and I are going to conclude our series, Disruption: Parables for the Pandemic, with a special look at where we’ve been and what these parables offer, as the next steps on the path of Shalom, in a time of systemic dysfunction and pandemic anxiety.
We are officially approaching the half-way point in our reading plan. I would love to hear from you about why you still continue to read the Bible. What motivates you at this point? What would you say to someone who is considering reading the entire Bible? Join us on July 6 at 1:00 pm for our next Bible Challenge meet up!
How do we become aware of God’s healing Presence? That is exactly what we will be exploring in the new “Practicing Prayerful Presence” prayer groups meeting every week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am. Join me in this process of experiencing God’s grace in the rhythm of our lives.
In Sunday’s Gathering we will proclaim the Good News of Jesus and the power of Christ – working in and through us – to overcome the sins of racism and injustice. Please take the time to read these two powerful testimonies. May God’s Kingdom come, may God’s will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.