Dear Church: On Sunday, we will listen as Jesus prays that all will be made one. But until then, I want you to ask yourself (I am asking myself too), do I really want us all to be made one? Because how is that even possible with such diverse views on everything from daily issues such as how to make the best grilled cheese sandwich to more eternal questions such as who are we to forgive? Alone, a unified church in the name of Jesus Christ seems a silly prayer, and yet, Jesus prayed it which means, in my book, that it must hold some significance.
What does it mean to be one in Christ Jesus? And will we allow that to happen as we live out our days?
I'll see you Sunday as we wrestle with that one together.
In Christ's peace,
O God, we are one with you.
You have made us one with you.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another,
you dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this openness
and to fight for it with all our hearts.
Help us to realize that there can be no understanding
where there is mutual rejection.
O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely,
we accept you, and we thank you, and we adore you,
and we love you with our whole being,
because our being is in your being,
our spirit is rooted in your spirit.
Fill us then with love,
and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways,
united in this one spirit which makes you present in the world,
and makes you witness to the ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome.
Love is victorious.
~ written by Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
10:30 a.m.: 7th Sunday of Easter
Monday, 5/30: Church office is closed for Memorial Day
5:15 - 6:00 p.m.: Handbell Rehearsal (through Pentecost!)
10:30 a.m.: Day of Pentecost & Holy Communion. Church Potluck after service.