I trust you are up and embracing this new day, a day of counting ballots and giving thanks for the dedicated volunteers who help us realize the results of our voting. Let us continue to pray for our candidates, their families and followers. May we be counted among the healers and not the haters.
REview – I’ve attached Sunday’s sermon. We are still receiving “thank you” messages from people for offer-ing a Rose Sunday segment to All Saints Day. Special thanks to Carol King, Jan Baertschiger and Deb Self for this our act of remembrance.
PREview – Sunday’s reading will include Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and Matthew 25:1-13. The sermon will focus on the parable in the Gospel reading.
Thanks to Sandra Granger, we will honor 8 November with a Veterans Day presentation, and to Robert Hagan, Navy Bandsman (retired), for playing TAPS as a part of the Prayers of the People.
I hope you’ll make every effort to join us at 10 AM via Facebook “Premiere” for worship and at 11:15 AM for Coffee Hour. Here’s the invitation if you’ve misplaced an earlier one (it is exact same invitation each week).
Join Zoom Coffee Hour:
Meeting ID: 968 7078 4613
Find your local number: https://greaternw.zoom.us/u/ahfFKmQ1b
In the meantime, let’s rededicate ourselves to attending to the simple things. Ponder these words from Steve Garnaas-Holmes:
“Breathe. Walk. Brush your teeth. Lament. Our sickness is greater than we let ourselves think, our wound more profound.
But so is our love. Our grief and even despair are the work of the Spirit in us.
Let your flesh feel your rage, your voice find your sorrow. Let the river flow.
We are not called to end the winter but to bear the light that will become the spring.
The road is long. The Suffering One walks with us, bearing something.
The mending of the world is threaded with simple kindness and courage.
Attend to the small miracles. Even as the cold descends we can love. We can love.”