Tuesdays always seem to fly by, and I realized that I was coming to the end of my day at church and had yet to write to you all.
I hope that you all have had a restful day. I am feeling refreshed and ready to kick off the next three months! My weekend in Mohican was just what I needed. I was able to catch up with a good friend and be in nature. And it was a beautiful weekend on top of that, I couldn’t have asked for better weather!
Thank you to Kari Queen for leading you all in worship last week. I am looking forward to worshipping with you all this coming Sunday. I have missed seeing all of your faces over Zoom.
The weather has grown cooler and makes me start to think about all of the different things that we have coming up in our church calendar. Charge Conference is on November 12th and the Nominations Committee will be meeting next week. If you are on that committee, please look out for an email from me later this week.
Next week I will not be in the Church office on Tuesday October 13th. I have been invited to preach down at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, my alma mater at their community chapel. I will be available by phone and email. And I will be in the office on Wednesday and Thursday next week. Which means my weekly Pastor email will be sent on Wednesday next week.
Early voting has started in Ohio, which means if you have requested your absentee ballot it should be mailed out this week. You are able to either mail you ballot back in or drop it off at the Board of Elections in the Ballot Drop Box. If you need help with any of this, please reach out and I will be happy to offer any assistance that I can.
Our scriptures for this week are: Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, and Matthew 22:1-14
Our Prayer for the week comes from a clergy friend of mine who shared the prayer by Mary Luti on Facebook this weekend.
An Affirmation of Faith (Trinitarian) by Mary Luti
We believe in God,
maker and re-maker of everything that is,
in whom there is always more,
and more to come;
and by whose wonder, work, and will,
even the dead find life.
We believe in God.
We believe in Jesus Christ,
maker and re-maker of tables and tales,
in whom the welcome is wide,
the feasting free;
and by whose weeping, words, and wounds,
even the lost are found.
We believe in Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
maker and re-maker of imagination,
whose eyes see over the horizon,
beyond the end;
and by whose urgency and fire,
even the truth gets told.
We believe in the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, we also believe
that everything that lives can be reborn,
all hidden things can come to light,
all broken things can be remade,
the empty larder can be filled,
and promises gone stale and hard
can taste like bread again.
And we believe the old, old Story can be told again
to thrill sad hearts like rediscovered love;
that even lost and frightened lambs like us
can be retrieved, restored to courage,
and declare the Truth
that makes the tyrants tumble
and the captives free.
May this week land gently on you all.
Grace and Peace,