The Work Continues

 

Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey. - Michael Josephson

 

As a church, we’re on the road these days, both literally and figuratively. In the literal sense, many of us will be heading to lakeside cabins, beach side bungalows, or tents pitched beneath cathedrals of pines and canopies of stars. It’s summer after all, the perfect time to get away and experience something of the world around us. 

 

But we’re on the road as a church too in the sense that our journey as a community of faith continues. Although attendance will be spotty and the body of our congregation diffuse for a time, we will still gather for worship throughout the summer and the work of our task forces will continue as well.  

 

In terms of worship, we have a wonderful line up of guest preachers this year. Please come when you’re in town and, given that a lot of churches will be closed, consider inviting a friend. I have no doubt they’ll be glad you did. We’re also still looking for guest musicians and people to run our lemonade stand for fellowship time. Please be in touch with me if you are interested. And don’t miss the service at the Parkers on August 25th.  It’s potluck and a whole lot of fun to gather on their lawn and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation as we lift our voices in worship and enjoy one another in fellowship. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

 

As for the work of our task forces, we heard an update from our Open & Affirming task force and our Associate Pastor Feasibility task force at our congregational meeting that was held on June 16th.1 Their reports are reprinted here in the newsletter and I encourage you to read them and be in conversation with members of those task forces as their work continues. Let them know your thoughts, your hopes, your fears, and your feelings. 

 

These folks have been tasked to help lead us forward, but the key word there is “us.” Congregationalism is always a group effort. Their job, and mine for that matter, is not to tell our congregation what to do or be, but to show us what we might accomplish and who we might, by the grace of God, become, if we open our hearts to the Spirit and work together as one body. Let your voice be heard and speak your truth but, as Kurt reminded us at that meeting, speak your truth with love. 

 

May God bless your travels and may God bless our church as we journey ever onward.

 

Peace,

Pastor Sarah