From the Pastor
I’m writing early on Wednesday morning, with the results of the election fresh on my mind. Yesterday, I had a hard time concentrating all day, as I watched news of people going to the polls to cast their votes.
I kept clicking over to watch the video streaming live from Susan B. Anthony’s grave site, where people are lining up to pay their respects to the woman who fought her whole life for the rights of women. She died before the 19th Amendment was passed and never got to cast a vote. Now, the tombstone with her name on it is covered with “I voted” stickers. I got a little bit weepy as I watched; I can’t imagine living in a country where my daughter and I don’t have that right.
Here are some things I know to be true, at this time when everything seems so uncertain: I know that my daughter and I are made in the image of God, just as much as my husband and son. I know that you are a beloved child of God—even if I don’t agree with the campaign sign in your front yard. I know that the steadfast and unfailing love of God is bigger than any election.
I know that we’ve got work to do.
People of God, now, more than ever, the world needs us to be the church. The world needs us to love. The world needs us to serve. The world needs us to hope.
Over and over again, God shows up in the middle of uncertain times and says: “Do not be afraid.”
Now more than ever, we must not be afraid.
The election is over but we must stay engaged. We must pay attention. We must hold our leaders accountable, whether we voted for them or not, to serving the people of our state and our country. We must look out for the most vulnerable among us—the poor, the children, the people who need health care, the hungry—and make sure their needs are being met.
We must look out for our LGBTQ neighbors, our Muslim neighbors, our immigrant neighbors. They need us to be the church right now.
We must keep talking about race. We must face the sin of systemic racism that is woven into the fabric of our country. We must listen to each other carefully.
We must be kind. We must practice gratitude. We must look for joy.
We must be generous. When we’re anxious, we tend to hold on to things too tightly; generosity is the antidote to anxiety. We must look for ways to be radically generous.
We must keep telling the stories that give us hope: the stories of a God who works through the lives of broken people, the stories of a Christ who welcomes everyone, the stories of a Love so powerful that it will never let us go.
We must not be afraid.
Get up, beloved people of God. There’s work to do.
Getting to work…
Ministry teams are forming now for 2017. Got a great idea for worship? Handy with a hammer? Love to help in the kitchen? Want to work with kids? Talk to Lee or any of our leaders to find out how to plug in.
And coming soon…
A newly forming Care Team is in the works. We aren’t sure exactly what this will look like, but the goal is that it will help us care for each other through all stages of life. We’re looking for people to send cards, visit homebound members, pray for each other… Want to learn more? Call the church office.