I want to say thanks to all of you who were able to participate in the little Experiment in Lament we did after worship and lunch over the last several weeks. The feedback I am receiving is that it was a valuable experience for a number of reasons:
· Some people found the lament experiment helped them name some of the pain and sadness we feel at FPCS -- about the church split, about the impending sale of the church property (even if we agree with it!), and, about the uncertainty around what our future looks like (even though we know are not dissolving the congregation)! Lament not only gave us permission to be honest with God about all this stuff, but saying it out loud to each other helped, too.
· Some people found the lament experiment gave them an opportunity to experience and appreciate the rich diversity of our congregation: we are wealthy and poor, younger and older, newer and more seasoned in faith, and we come from different racial-ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It was so great to be together and connect with each other a little more.
· Some people found the lament experiment helped them open up their hearts to trust God a little more deeply, to feel a little more spiritually grounded in hope.
Someone suggested a great follow-up to our experiment in lament that I want to pass on: maybe sit down and take a few minutes to ponder or write down your own personal lament for where you are in your life right now – perhaps write down your lament for FPCS. Offer this as your prayer to the Lord. (And let me know if you’d like to share it with me, or would be willing to share it with our community of faith.)
Ok, so our text this Sunday is one the lectionary tackles every year, the Transfiguration of Jesus, this time in Luke’s Gospel 9:28-36, with the addition of 37-43a. It’s a pretty familiar text, so the challenge is always to let go of everything we already know, and be open to hear God speaking afresh. Read it through a couple times. What strikes you this time? What taps you on the shoulder and says “Notice me?” And, do you think the lectionary is nuts putting these two very different passages together?!
Hope to see you Sunday!
Grace and peace,