From the Pastor
Hey there, friends.
I wander, sometimes, when I’m writing and can’t figure out exactly what I want to say. Just now, I wandered out of my office and down the hall and past the door to Melissa’s office, where she looked up at me, expecting a question. (By the way, Melissa’s back! She’d been off getting married and honeymooning— Congrats, Melissa and Leah!) “Just wandering,” I said, and made my way down the hall.
I’m wandering this morning because I can’t figure out what to write to you about. It’s not that there’s nothing to say, it’s that there’s so much: We could talk about Baylee’s ordination last week, and what a beautiful expression of faithfulness that service was. I loved watching the various parts of the church—our own congregation, as well as the church at large—that came together to affirm Baylee’s calling. Ordination is, in some ways, a funny thing, especially in a tradition like ours that believes in the priesthood of all believers and doesn’t elevate clergy above lay people. But the act of ordination is also a holy and faithful one: it’s the church trusting in God’s call, believing that God will continue to work through ordinary people like Baylee and you and me, to bring about the kingdom of God on earth.
So we could talk about that. Or we could talk about the election, which is on everybody’s mind. I haven’t voted yet; I usually love going to my neighborhood polling place on election day, but this year I think I might vote early. I’m glad there are early voting options so that more people can make their voices heard, and I want to support that. We’ve all been worn down by this election, by the divisiveness and the anger and the worry that our carefully tended democracy is in danger. I pray that we’ll continue to be a hopeful people, that we’ll remember that God assures us that we need not be afraid, that we’ll remember that our faith has something to say about all this, too. A friend and I were texting about the election last week; we’re often on opposite sides of political issues, but find ourselves agreeing this time around. She said, “I keep coming back to ‘…the greatest of these is love.’ I have to vote for love.”
We could talk a lot more about that. Or we could talk about our fall stewardship campaign and the invitation we all have to commit to financially supporting the church in 2017. That sounds like a non sequitur but I think it’s not: we need the church so that we have a place to talk about hard things like divisive elections. We need the church so that all our daily decisions—from the grocery store to the election booth—get grounded in a faith story that calls us to love our neighbor. We need the church so that we can carefully listen to how God is calling each of us. We need the church so that we don’t lose hope. And the reality is that the only way this church keeps on doing what we do is through financial gifts from our members and friends. Rob and I believe in this church; we’ll be turning in a pledge card this Sunday, and I hope you’ll join us.
That’s what I’m wondering about this morning as I wander down the hall. What’s on your mind?
Glad to be the church together with you,