Dear Friends –
It’s been quite a week: The election midterms are behind us, yet political divisions and incivility deepen… Yet another mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA, right on the heels of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA… Catastrophic fires in California… A humanitarian crisis (famine) in Yemen… And, just a few days after celebrating my niece’s wedding in Napa last Saturday, I found out my oldest brother has metastatic cancer. And what about you – what’s swirling around you?
These are the times I feel most especially the need to be with God’s people, to remember we are not alone. We need each other. There’s a comfort in being together, and praying for our world and one another.
I sure hope to see you in worship this Sunday!
The sermon text is Mark 12:38-44 – featuring the story we often call “the widow’s mite” – about a poor woman in the temple who gives just two small coins, but it’s everything she has. I’ve preached this text several times, and have always talked about the woman being an example for us (to give generously). But now I’m kind of rethinking that: what if she is more of a warning to us all?
Check it out and see what you think, and let’s talk about it together on Sunday.
Grace and peace,