June is upon us and we are nearing the end of Eastertide. This year’s Easter journey has been a blessing for our community: blood drive, community events, and sharing our bounty across the city. The coming summer season should be inviting and engaging – some new bible studies to consider and some much-needed work around the Parish. But, as always, we are blessed with our church family and all the gifts they bring. We want to invite you to join us on Pentecost Sunday (next week) at the pond altar and afterwards for a potluck lunch.
Worship was tempered with the events from Friday in Virginia Beach, and the emotion of the violence perpetrated found its way into our worship. While it would be easy to rail at gun violence our scripture helps shine a light on the underlying condition which leads to violence and mistrust. Paul, in the Acts of the Apostles, relates how we can free others from the demons that bind them – truly bind them – in the love shared by Jesus. Jesus, in John’s gospel, talks about the true ministry of believers – to make all creation one (united for a common purpose). How does the work we do, interceding with Christ for connection and healing, and the effort to focus on God’s economy not human divisiveness bring about the coming of God’s kingdom on earth? It should.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26