Two days, four pictures, several celebrations, one community of faith!

Last Saturday and Sunday were full ones in the life of the church, stretching from age to age and catching lots of life in between. First you see a number of our kids and youth, delighting in a lazy Saturday afternoon ice cream affair on our front lawn, space that afforded them space to dance and roll and wiggle and move and run and cackle with glee. The next morning, many in this bunch gathered again before their church family to be blessed as they begin a new school year. In so doing, we covenanted to hold them and all that they carry before the God in whom they find strength and courage and full belonging.

From one age to the next, a joyous family gathered on Saturday to celebrate their own as Jack Shearin and Vivian Rooker committed ‘to love and to cherish until death do us part.’ I reminded these two the timeless words of Ecclesiastes: “For everything there is a season and a time.” “Jack and Vivian,” I said, “this is your time for love, the season you two will call marriage.” Sunday afternoon again in the Commons, Buddy and Darlene Guerry gathered with friends and family to mark 60 years of marriage, a season they said has been filled with highs and lows, joys and heartache, but steady, loving, wise partnership that grounds them for the living of these days.

In all seasons and stages, you remind me that God is perpetually inviting us into new beginnings, blessing us in each start with those who surround us for the journey every step of the way.

And for that, for you, I give thanks.  

Together in the work of Love,
Pastor Emily

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