What a lovely day we had Sunday! Thank you all for your cards and good wishes on my dual anniversary. Special thanks to Pastor Gregory, Jan, Carolyn, Dan and all those who helped to make the service and Patio Hour so special. OK, I guess I’ll thank Alan for his roast. As La Rochefoucauld once said, “We would rather people speak ill of us than not speak of us at all.” It was all in good fun. I am truly blessed to have you as my faith community.
We are finished with Dr. Seuss (for the time being.) In July our focus will be on refugee reality as we collect our annual special One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Our theme for the month is “Welcoming the Stranger.” The Bible has much to say about this. We will study some of these texts throughout this month.
This Sunday’s sub-theme is taken from the title of Brian Wren’s wonderful hymn, “Break the Bread of Belonging.” “Break the bread of belonging, welcome the stranger in the land. We have each been a stranger. We can try to understand.” We will use the moving story of Ruth and Naomi, each a refugee in her own time and place, as our text. In addition, we will consider Paul’s words to the church in Corinth about the practice of reconciliation. We will also celebrate Communion.
Sunday marks our annual picnic as well as Pastor Gregory’s birthday. It is a good time to gather for study, celebration and community. Join us at 10 for worship and stay to mingle. Invite someone to come along with you. They would be most welcome at our table.
Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!