It’s Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of the Summer – a time to recognize the value of work and the gift of rest. Its observance goes back to the late 1800s, a time in our history when work was often 12 hours a day and 6 days a week. Industrial workers began to push for improvements in factory conditions as well as reductions in the length and number of work days. The first Monday of September was set aside by Congress to honor the dignity of labor and signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. The weather looks great for a get-together with family or friends, or for splashing in the ocean. Whatever your choice may be, remember it was God who set aside the first day of rest!
Our scripture for this week comes from one of the most beautiful texts in the whole Bible. The Song of Solomon is an expression of love between two people. They tell of the passion and delight they share in each other’s presence, and sing of each other’s beauty and wonder. The text never actually mentions the word “God.” But over the centuries has been taken as a metaphor for the love of God for the human family. You may judge for yourselves. The Song of Solomon 2:8-13 is the basis for Jonathan’s sermon, “Love Story.”
On this first Sunday of September, we will celebrate communion. In it we are reminded of the community which Jesus shared with his first followers, a fellowship that includes us today. All are welcome at God’s table, without reservation.
In other good news, our lower driveway is once again open!!! It’s wider, flatter, straighter, and is ready not only for us but for the start of the new preschool year. Thanks to all who are helping us make this wonderful and important project possible.
See you at church!