Another school shooting, widespread death in Gaza, a legislative session ending with no real progress on weighty matters of justice, our president denigrating immigrants again…is this the new normal? How can we not become numb to it all? I’m glad that people across the country are organizing and participating in prophetic action for such a time as this. The Poor People’s Campaign is in full swing with actions and civil disobedience here are across this land. Having enough people “woke” is key as we look toward the future in hope. If you have not gotten a chance to do so yet, Google the sermon by Bishop Curry preached at the latest royal wedding. It was refreshing to hear a gospel of liberation and love unapologetically preached for an international audience.
Yesterday’s Pentecost service was a great one, especially with the addition of BordercrosSings and CoMUSICation choirs who joined our Chorale in making music in four different languages. Thanks to Laura Potratz for coordinating it all.
The Garden Team has decided to have a consistent work time as 1pm every Thursday. Come spent a little time with this enthusiastic team as they continue to beautify our little corner of Dinkytown.
My sermon on Sunday is the last in the year-long series on “Reversals”. My sermon is entitled, “Ananias and the Great Reversal.” We’ll be looking at Acts 9:1-19. The scripture is Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. The great reversal is Ananias needing to call Saul (his former enemy) brother. That’s when the scales come off of Saul’s eyes and he becomes the apostle Paul. Loving enemies is not about changing them. It’s about changing you. It doesn’t mean don’t hold them accountable. It does mean don’t write them off. It means don’t call them animals. Kevin Branting will be the worship leader.
In June, we will be having a grab-bag sermon series. At the end of church on Sunday, we will select a sermon topic from suggestions you submit. Here’s your chance to stump the pastor.
Monday: 6:30pmn Grace in Contemporary Literature by Women at the home of Nancy Myers,
Tuesday: 5:30pm Sacred Harp,
Wednesday: June Newsletter deadline, 6:30-8:30pm UBC Carillon Bell Choir rehearsal,
Thursday: 1pm Garden Team,
Sunday:10am Worship Service,
5-7pm Sacred Harp,
Blessings and Peace,