In the parable of the 10 lepers found in the gospel of Luke, Jesus emphasized the importance of showing appreciation and saying thank you. I very much take this teaching to heart and so wish to say thank you first to the Christian Education committee for all their hard work and for the kind words and lovely flowers I received on Teacher Appreciation Sunday. You are all a great group of people and I love working with you all.
I also want to say thank to my Church of the Foothill’s family for all the support you have given my ministry. It is a great pleasure to serve this church and I look forward to continuing
to grow with you.
Need for Love
In 1st Corinthians 13 the Apostle Paul writes, “In life three things remain faith hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.” In light of yet another senseless tragedy in our world I feel we need to live these words by striving to be “vessels of love.” In our Junior High Sunday School class we have encouraged the group to look for opportunities to practice “random acts
of helpfulness.” These acts are based in love and motivated by the genuine desire to help people in need. We have heard some wonderful stories of how our young people have reached out and
touched someone’s life.
Love is stronger than hate and I invite us all to help bring more love into our world by practicing “random acts of helpfulness.”
July and August is a different pace of season for us at church. The choir will break for summer, providing individuals an opening to let their music gifts shine. I will be in some Sundays and out on family vacation others, but experienced clergy will step into the pulpit and proclaim a good word still. Robbie and the young will attend fun-filled and life-affirming camps. I hope all of you will find times to go meditate at the beach or on a mountain; we have both options in So Cal.
My family and I will visit Yosemite for the first time in years. The past four-year drought dried up the famous waterfalls and discouraged attendance at the park. Thanks to El Niño in Northern Cal this winter, the water is flowing again, so we are taking our daughter-in-law to see the grand cathedral for her first time.
I’ve long had a interest in weather. After theology, meteorology might have been a second career for me. A major attraction of California, at least along the coast, for millions of us who migrated here is the temperate climate. Yet everyday, both in our state and across the nation, there is further evidence that we are messing with mother nature. Not good!
The intensity, duration and occurrence of storms, tornadoes, floods, hail, heat, fires and wind is increasing across the landscape, and with good reason. We humans keep pumping more energy in the form of carbons and other chemicals into the atmosphere, water, and soil. It’s almost like biblical prophecies about apocalyptic end-times are actually coming true, unless we repent (i.e. change our ways). The soul of the world, and our survival, is at stake.
If ever the progressive spiritual message and lifestyle of Jesus, and the church who claims to be disciples of this Christ, is needed it is now. Every election year in our country is an important time to examine and debate the big issues and options before us as a people, and the values we profess. Do we include or exclude others? Do we share power and distribute blessings fairly? Is equal opportunity for all a reality or dream? Our Congregational ancestors helped start this experiment in democracy. We can do no less than educate ourselves, seek the Spirit’s guidance, and stay engaged. Let your spiritual conscience be your guide. So much is at stake.
From Independence Day to Labor Day: summer breaks, climate concerns, and national priorities.