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Jul 01 2012

Pastoral Reflection

Guests often comment on how beautiful our sanctuary is. I heartily agree; I love the windows, the symbols, the intimacy. But even such beauty is dwarfed by the startling beauty of all God’s people, within the sanctuary walls and surely beyond them. Our worship always involves surprise, delight, thanksgiving, more than a little awe! People bring themselves and share generously, in the name of God, gifting and being gifted. As a community, we are blessed to realize and celebrate the claim made by God’s love for each one of us, and all of us together. The “good news” is indeed a radical proclamation in this world, and it is filled with breath and body through our spirited ministry. In the church we are called to a common life of love, praise, learning, hospitality, solidarity, and disarmament. We go forth in mission, beckoned beyond ourselves, and the impact of meeting Jesus out in the world is something we return home with. And God constantly brings people to us who evangelize us with an unshackled gospel. It is truly beautiful to recognize guests as “us”.

Stained Glass DoveOur building is also God’s gift, offering the congregation special opportunity to “make a home” with each other in its ample space. And with it comes a peculiar blessing, the wisdom of God causing us to tilt our heads in reflective amazement. Because our building is also our school, where we are educated anew for the kind of faith challenges, costs and joys, and border crossings that we will grapple with far beyond our Sunday morning. Our own beloved building has built-in obstacles and barriers, and it is the joy of our shared faith to overcome them in love. Our sanctuary, our “safe place”, is also our mission field, and the arena of God’s Spirit! We are living as one towards the fulfillment of God’s promises. “What a fellowship, what a joy divine!”

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