Thanks to everyone who has sent well-wishes on this my 70th birthday. I used to think 70 was old but you all have given me a new perspective on aging as I watch you live life to its fullest. It was a delight to have Thelma Parodi in church Sunday and to hear her words of greeting and affection for her church home.
Sunday we continue exploring the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus encourages his followers to be salt for the earth and light for the world. Clearly he thought his followers should have something to say and do about the inbreaking Beloved Community of God. He trusted that their witness – and ours – would be able to turn the world right side up and bring it back in line with God’s original creation. What would it mean for us to seasoning and light for our world in these troubling and needful times? What will be our witness to the love of God as the world cries for justice, peace and righteousness?
The regulars in our Adult Spiritual Formation have decided to give this month’s study to the Parables of Jesus. Those tales, riddles really, are especially challenging when we try to make sense of them in our contemporary setting. Several of us are looking at commentators who have written on the Parables, including Bill Herzog, John Dominic Crossan, Amy-Jill Levine and John A Donahue. You’re all invited to be part of the exploration. If you’d like to do some background work to add to the class, I still have some books you can borrow.
See you Sunday at 10 AM for worship and Sunday School. Invite someone to share the time with you.
Our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.