It’s okay to mourn.
I am so glad that they changed “move week” from one to two weeks. It was always a rush of emotions to say goodbye to one congregation and hello to another with no time in between to grieve and process leaving a church, and storing up the courage to go to a new one. We said Goodbye to Pastor Collin last Sunday, and we have a week before we say Hello to Pastor Kate on July 4.
So, take a beat, take a breather, and be ready to recommit yourself to God and church. I will be delivering the sermon this week, and I will be talking about how we will be continuing into a path of unknown in the church. In my sermon, I talk about the Jewish Diaspora, a time of change and transition that was caused by the Second Temple destruction. No longer was worship centralized in the Temple, so the Jewish people had to rethink everything about how they worshipped God. Right now is a good time for us to rethink things as we welcome in a new pastor and think about life and worship beyond the pandemic.
In the spirit of trying something new, on Sundays following the service, all children are invited to go play on the playground and then gather for a short prayer practice each week. These prayers will be fun and interactive, and they might even be something you could try at home. We will try out a new one each week, so I hope you will join us for Play and Pray time.
Finally, be sure to mark Pastor Kate’s welcome lunch on Sunday, July 11th
on your calendar. Our wonderful Day School Director, Leonor Hernandez, offered to make a taco salad meal, and we are encouraging everyone else to bring a side or dessert if you would like to bring something. Please RSVP
so that we know how many people to expect.