Dear Sisters and Brothers –

Whew - it’s been quite a week.  It feels like one of the more divisive moments in the history of our nation – at least in my lifetime (although others of you have lived longer than me, and may see it differently).

I have to say once again I am grateful for the centrality of corporate worship in the Christian life. Every Sunday we gather to affirm our ultimate allegiance to Jesus as Lord, to seek first the Kingdom of God.  We are assured that fear and hate do not have the last word. Grace abounds.  Love wins. 

Interestingly, this week the lectionary text is Matthew 5:1-12 – the Beatitudes (the “Blessed are’s”) – the same text that was read at President Trump’s inauguration.  This is one of those texts that reminds me of something one of the early church fathers said…

“Scripture is like a river . . . broad and deep, shallow enough here for the lamb to go wading, but deep enough there for the elephant to swim.”
                       --Gregory the Great (540-604 AD)

Sometimes the Beatitudes seem so simple and straightforward; other times it feels like we’re in way over our heads, challenged by this upside-down kingdom, grappling with the way of Jesus.

Waders and swimmers alike, I look forward to jumping into Scripture with you this Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi