June begins with the day of Pentecost, when we celebrate the gift of God’s Spirit moving among us to encourage our ministry and make it possible for us to communicate clearly with one another. It promises to be an extra-special day at RHUMC because nine high school students will be confirming their faith and celebrating their membership in Christ’s body, the church. Each of our three worship services on June 4 will include the ritual of confirmation. Everyone is invited to wear red, or some other fiery color, in honor of the occasion.
As the month continues, we will enjoy some excellent opportunities for learning and growing together in grace and faith. The day with the most hours of daylight all year falls in June, so it’s the perfect time to consider the gift of light as we, God’s people, experience it. Bob Chamberlin, photographer and photo editor for the LA Times from 1979 to 2015, has agreed to join me in offering a three-session study of scripture and photography. We’ll put some texts from the Bible side by side with the practice of photography to see how the life of faith can be informed by each. On June 22, we’ll talk about morning light. On June 29, we will focus on midday light. On July 6, the topic will be evening light. Each kind of light has its joys and its challenges. We’ll discuss how to capture and savor the beauty, as well as how to work with or overcome the challenges. The class will take place on Thursday evenings at 7 pm in the Aldersgate Room. The class will be of interest and benefit whether or not you like to take pictures, because it’s really about noticing the world, and the word of God, all around us.
Another way to gain new perspective on our human experience arrives in June by way of the first of our summer book discussions. This month’s book is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. It is the memoir of a soil scientist and botanist who faced both personal and professional challenges and yet learned to “think like a plant,” be a good friend, and build both a successful career and a caring family. Among the themes for reflection is the role of faith In the life of a scientist. I’d be glad for any and all readers to join the discussion on Monday, June 26, at 7 pm in the Choir Room.
Summer is upon us! May we enjoy it in the grace of God, the peace of Christ, and the hope of the Holy Spirit.