I am delighted to announce that Ian Paulson will be giving the sermon this Sunday. Ian is graduating from High School this week and we are honoring him at this service. He will preach, play the offertory and postlude music on his flute, and we will present him with a scholarship for his first year of college. Be sure to join us for this service at 10:00 AM on Sunday Morning.
On Pentecost we tried something new, celebrating Holy Communion at the church and blessing bread in our homes. I baked the bread we used for Communion at the altar and I baked a second loaf that I had at home when I watched the service with the rest of you, and I have to say, it was great fun. Between the Eucharistic prayer, blessed bread at home, and the hymn sing that Susanna lead for our Zoom Coffee Hour, it felt like we had really done church together.
It was so much fun that I would like to make it a regular part of our worship. You are welcome to bake your own bread (here’s an easy recipe), as many did for Pentecost or you can use any bread you have at home. (Thank you to all who shared pictures of your bread on Facebook!) We will celebrate Holy Communion and then I will bless our bread and wine at home. Join us for the Zoom Coffee Hour and we can eat and drink together.
Racial Justice – Discerning Our Part
Last week we held a vigil and conversation about racial injustice and police violence in our country. The prayers and conversation were powerful and revealing. Even after an hour of sharing, it felt like we had just begun to scratch the surface.
The next day I, along with Mother Catharine and The Rev. Jonathan Hanneman, attended a gathering of clergy from various religions and denominations. The speaker was Pastor Kelle Brown from Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle. Pastor Brown, an African American woman, gave a powerful speech in which she said, until we can say that Black Lives Matter, we cannot legitimately say that All Lives Matter. I was moved to tears by her words and by the experience of standing in silence together for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, while the bells of the cathedral tolled. That’s how long a police officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck ― a long time.
We have a lot more work to do as a congregation. I have begun a series of conversations with our staff and leadership to discern how we can proceed. We will be offering more opportunities to pray, learn, and work together around these issues. If you would like to help with these deliberations and conversations, please let me know.