Could we be grateful in advance

for the stumble that becomes the dance

for the tears that dry to eventual laughter

for the ache of before that precedes joy’s after?

This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday. Before the turkey comes out of the oven, before the potatoes get their mashing, let’s offer thanks to God for EVERYTHING. Meister Eckhardt said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Let’s see how the practice of gratitude can help us love our problems into becoming our gifts.  We’ll also welcome two new members into our church community and enjoy the choir’s gift of music.  See you online or in person on Sunday at 10!

Everything Changes
In our sermon series we are exploring how our brains were designed to be suspicious of change, and for good reason–homeostasis in good measure helps us thrive, protecting us from danger. But if we look closely at what the Creator set in motion, we find that change is the most constant part of life and necessary for animating our spirits as we find renewed purpose throughout life. Jesus advocated for changes that would keep us moving toward greater goodness!  “Everything Changes” John 12:20-26 In our scripture this week Jesus asks us to let go of life “as it is” in order to create and multiply the love that is eternal. What feels like the chaos, or recklessness, of change is the breaking-open of possibility and the sprouting of new life. This is what it means to follow the change-maker Jesus and serve his purpose of more love in the world. -Pastor Courtney

Publish Date:

November 18, 2021

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