Good Wednesday evening.  What a lovely day we shared, out here on the Peninsula.  I hope you were are off to a good week.

REview – I’ve attached Rev. John Maxwell’s sermon.  Read John Maxwell sermon 06.21.2020 (pdf) (pdf)Thanks, again, John, for your moving remarks and challenging words. 

PREview – The readings for Sunday will be Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; and Matthew 10:40-42.  I trust you will make every attempt to read these passages assigned to Sunday, the Fourth After Pentecost.

And I hope you’ll make every attempt to gather with Juli and I at 10 AM on Sunday.  Thanks to Facebook, we can gather (via Premier) together at the same time to worship together.  Special thanks, again this week, to Kristin Quigley Brye, Susan Bjork, Jim and Jo Jarl, this week’s liturgists, and to Deb Self and Erin Simmons who put everything together.  I’m amazed each week!  And you?

Juli and I would love to talk with you after church during Coffee Hour, via Zoom.  See below the invitation:

Topic: Sunday Coffee Hour Zoom Meeting, Sunday, 11:15 AM
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In the meantime, I invite you to ponder these words of Steve Garnaas-Holmes:

“I looked at the tree blossoming in spring and said, “Who are you?”  And she said, “I am God, of course, becoming beautiful.”
And I beheld her.
I looked at the sea and said, “Who are you?” and the same voice said, “It is I, flowing within you.”  And I opened myself.
I listened to the silence and said, “Who are you?” and she said, “I am holding you.”  And I listened more.
I looked at my troubles and said, “Who are you?” and I heard: “I am your own broken heart.”  And I wept with gratitude.
I looked at the suffering of the world and I asked, “Who are you?” and she said, “I am in labor pains.” And I moved closer.
I looked at the unknown and said, “Who are you?” and the silence said, “I am Becoming,” and I stepped into the darkness.”

— Pastor Tom