Sunday, June 25, 2017
Third Sunday after Pentecost
The bud 
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;   
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing…
(- Galway Kinnell)

 Beloved Saints,
This is the second time I sit down to write to you this week; Thursday you received the notice of my imminent departure as I have accepted a new call. I have heard from many of you since then and am grateful for your support amidst an equally evident sense of loss. I continue to trust that God is pulling us all forward in love and with grace so begin this note with the beautiful words of poet Galway Kinnel reminding us of all of our “loveliness.”

I have been preparing to officiate 3 upcoming weddings these past few weeks and with each couple I am reminded of how exquisite it is that God has created us for each other- placed in each other’s paths to love and learn and grow in ways that we may never do without the challenge and blessing of authentic relationships. Whether found among newlyweds or siblings, friends or relatives, or members of a shared community, we are hard-wired for connection. We are also made richer through ritual and time carved out to reflect on our connections to the divine- moving us out of the center of our own lives. That is one of the reasons I continue to believe that church and community are so necessary and life-giving. Living lives in proximity of each other, and within the context of shared values and purpose helps us claim who and how we can be in the world.

I am so grateful for each of you; you have taught and reminded me of so many things over our time together and perhaps most importantly what it means to show up for each other every day- in ways large and small; seen and unseen. Because it has been in some of those times, and in fact usually in the smallest and most unnoticed times, God has left undeniable marks of love and beauty.

So come home this Sunday as we will once again gather at the Table where all are welcome, no exceptions and where we too are offered a time to be re-taught our loveliness. Together we will hear the Good News, lift our voices in song, offer our prayers for the world and receive God’s blessing before being sent back out into the world to discover and offer the promise of new life and sustained hope all through the grace of a God that calls us each by name.

May you never forget that you are loved.

Priest Lisa

HOLY EUCHARIST at 8:00 & 10:00AM 

  is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway.


Children are invited to worship with us and starting in June we will have a special "soft space" for the youngest and their families in the sanctuary


• August 14-18; 9:00am-12:00pm
• Children ages 3-11
• Cost is $25 per child (snacks & t-shirt too!)
• Activities: crafts, music, outdoor games, bible lessons
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