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Dear Church Family –
WORSHIP IS AT 9:30! (with our gathering time starting at 9:00). And it is a communion Sunday (see details below)!
Scripture tells us in Revelations 21 of the promise of a new heaven and new earth, of a God who “makes all things new”. We are in a time to ponder what it means to “make all things new”. What it means to look at the brokenness, to pick up the pieces and instead of trying to put everything back together exactly as it was, a time to bring new life out of the old. What would you like to see “made new”? What needs to change in our world? What can be discarded and what made new? In our nation? In our community? In our own lives? Do you remember when I preached on the practice of coppicing? Of growing new trees out of the stumps of old trees? We are in a time like that I think. We have work to do and so too God is at work in our lives.
Our own Sherrie is going to share a reflection on Sunday about her volunteer work with The Hartford Community Restorative Justice Center. The Center works with people reentering the community from prison as well as people who have committed an offense but are not incarcerated and need to make amends to their victim and their community. The work of restorative justice is the work making all things new, of building a new life out of the old, of growing hopeful shoots out of what looks like a dead end.
I am looking forward to hearing about the Restorative Justice Center on Sunday!
And I am looking forward to seeing you in worship or at office hours, or hearing your voice on the phone.
Please reach out if you need anything, please call each other, please check on your neighbor. Let us be kind, compassionate, patient and gentle with each other and with ourselves.
Be safe, wash your hands, wear a mask! Get outside and enjoy these beautiful summer days.
And may your faith be greater than your fear today and each day to come.
In the greatest of hope – Lucia
Next Sunday, July 12, we will share Communion in morning worship. Please prepare a slice or small loaf of bread, corn tortilla, or rice cake to share and a cup or small cups of juice — perhaps grape or cranberry — or wine, with or without alcohol. Consider setting up a worship space for yourself with a candle and flowers, put out your bread on a special plate or your juice in a special cup. Or simply use what is available as Jesus so often used the ordinary to make it extraordinary.
We look forward to seeing you at the table.