LESSON: Luke 12:32-40
MESSAGE: “What it means to be ready”
This week, I am taking some time in both grieving and reflection on the state of gun violence in our country. Mass shootings are now prevalent enough that it’s hard to know how to respond to one more or to process them as an individual tragedy. This past weekend with the shootings in El Paso and Dayton so close together in time, they both kind of blend together. But I’m reminded that each of the victims are individual people who were each, in their special way, created in God’s image, and that each one of them represents a circle of loved ones who are now feeling lost and broken. As a person of faith, I lift up my prayers for all who are affected, and still know that these prayers, by themselves, will not be enough.
It’s hard to know how to act in the face of this type of loss. Not only do we now mourn those who are gone, but also mourn the loss of feeling safe in our communities, the loss of trust in our leadership, and the loss of faith in our culture and neighbors. Often tragedy has a way of unifying people as we come together to mourn or to take action together to protect each other from further loss, but in this case our deep political divisions can leave us feeling separated and alone.
But we are not alone. I’m encouraged by the messages from our leadership in the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. Together, as people of faith, we’ll find ways for our thoughts, prayers, AND actions to have meaning and impact.
You can read the message from Rev. Jeania Ree V. Moore, UMC Director of Civil and Human Rights here.
You can read and hear the statement from Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC General Minister and President here.
This week in worship we’ll delve into a passage where Jesus tells the disciples to be ready for God’s presence with them, which could come at any time. We’ll explore what it means to be ready, and what this says about the action that we take in our community and in the world. We need to get ready because God’s love and presence is something our world desperately needs right now.
Let there be peace, we pray,
Prelude: “Amsterdam” Foundry Collection
Meditation: “On Eagle’s Wings” Joncas
Postlude: “Spring Woods” Morris
Children in Church: Summertime!
Although there is no Sunday school in the summertime, children are welcome in worship every Sunday. As an incentive to all children a calendar and stickers can be found on the bench in the Parish Hall. Add a sticker for every Sunday you come to worship this summer. A special prize will be given for any student who collects over 4 Stickers. Let’s see how many can get this special prize.
Would you like to be a Liturgist?
We are looking for people who are able to do the Sunday morning scripture readings and lead the congregation in prayer. If this is a way that you could share your gifts with the UPA community, please contact Pastor Chris.