October brings with it the memories of many warm and familiar fall occasions. Of course, as with everything else this year, those are being reorganized, reimagined, or reinterpreted. Our celebration of World Communion Sunday will be missing the voices of multiple languages and cultures united in gratitude for God’s nourishment and care. Laity Sunday, as with every other Sunday since the middle of March, will be on YouTube. We haven’t figured out a way to share a virtual brunch or Taco Night for our traditional end of the month
Celebration Sunday. But all of these will go forward in new and hopeful ways. I hope you’ve made reservations for communion supplies by now, though there will be (and always will be) extras for those who show up unexpectedly. My sermon, April’s prayers, and the service as a whole will all remind us of our common humanity, and the invitation of God to live well with each other.
For Laity Sunday we look forward to hearing Susan Welch as our preacher. Susan saw her two sons grow up here, from preschool to Logos and Sierra Service Project. She serves as chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the personnel leadership team of our congregation. She is an attorney specializing in environmental litigation, and will be preaching from Philippians 4:1-9 – a most encouraging word from Paul to one of the congregations finding their way in unprecedented times.
I truly wish we could find a way to share eggs, pastries and fruit, or delicious tacos and salad, with all of you on the last Sunday of October. At the moment that seems less likely today than manna in the wilderness. But despite, or perhaps because of the pandemic, we will be reaching out with the invitation to support our mission generously as we look to the coming year.
We will be mailing out giving cards for each individual or family, along with a return envelope. But we will also have available on our church web site a place where you can enter your best thought about your giving in the coming year.
It truly has been a year unlike any other we have known as a church family. We have been challenged in ways no one imagined. I believe that we have been faithful, as best we could, to the work that has been given to us. We have continued to share the good news of God, the compassion of Christ, and the hope of the Holy Spirit.
I also look forward to our gathering in person as soon as that is possible. Our re-gathering plan has been approved by our District Superintendent. If we in LA County can manage to keep our infection rate down for the next few weeks we should be able to gather again in the near future. As we wait in hope we will continue to live generously and faithfully. God bless you and keep you safe.
Grace and peace,