It has been a rough, heart-breaking week for the United States. We are hurting, there is no denying it. Yet, as Christians, we are people of faith. We are blessed by the brothers and sisters in our past who have shown us the way; the way of faith instead of despair. I hear them speaking to us now. They are shouting into our darkness and they are saying – “Thanks be to God, there is healing and hope!” And they are not referring to “thoughts and prayers.” Thoughts and prayers become mere, meaningless prattle compared to the compassionate peacemaking and brave reconciling Christians are called to do.
This Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., I hope you will worship with this congregation, the Praise Ensemble, and me in our sanctuary. Let us sing thought-provoking, heart-mending, uplifting songs after a shatteringly painful week. Let us walk with Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by evil. Let us remember that the wilderness is not only a dry and dusty land somewhere in Palestine…it is the deafening, frantic, awesomely rich, spiritually bereft America in the year of our Lord 2018. Like our brother Jesus, we are tempted by evil. Like our brother, we will not defeated. His light, his God, the light we trust shines in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it. Come - worship with us.
And there is more, come to the church lounge at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday where a group of us are reading The Journey to Jerusalem. A Story of Jesus’ Last Days. What a fascinating journey it is. We are just getting started – hop on board!