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.
We are approaching the half-way point in our Bible reading plan and I am excited that you are sharing this journey with me! Friends, I pray that you continue your daily (or almost daily) readings and complete this challenge with me. The next meet up is this Saturday, June 6!
This week in Family Sunday School we’ll be talking about anger. Anger, like sadness and fear, is a teacher, a protector, and part of the complex, God-made way we move through the world around us. May we respond to the anger we encounter with the compassion, gentleness, and potential for healing it deserves.
In Family Sunday School this week, we’re talking about resilience, and dandelions growing up through pavement, or in my case, irises growing around the base of my deck. We’re also talking about our obligation to teach our young people that they, too, can grow, regardless — and that they are tougher than they look, as well.