The flywheel that sort of “windmills” air into the water cooler broke on Thursday, and our HVAC vendor needs to order the part. So we will be windows wide open on Sunday morning. (We will actually open them Saturday night, so it will cool off… but feel free to wear summer wear — shorts, t-shirts, sandals.) It’s a dress to stay cool, informal, holiday weekend. Yes, it’s Memorial Day too.
We live in times often troubled by tribalisms made possible and empowered by the freedoms and the distance communications capabilities of our modern age. What should offer us bridges to people distant and different, instead often turns into walls. What if our faith, instead of becoming one more walled fortress or gated community in its very identity and definition calls us to relate well to others, those like us as well as those most unlike us… neighbors? The UCC ordination service makes pastors promise to show Christian love to all the people of the church, to people of other faiths and to people of no faith. What if the same expectation is placed upon all baptized Christians by the Gospel itself?