What a week

What a week it has been.  No matter whether you’re feeling relieved or disappointed, tearful or jubilant, hopeful or resigned, the election is over.  Now another choice is before us, and this may be even more important than the choice we made on Tuesday.  How will we move forward as a nation?  Are we ready and willing to come together as one to seek the best for all?

One of the ways we practice unity in the midst of diversity is worship.  We gather with our diverse cultures, backgrounds, experience and personal thoughts on what worship is and isn’t, should and could be.  We, different as we are in countless ways, join as one seeking the presence of God, inviting God to comfort, challenge, and change us.  This weekend we offer three opportunities to practice that particular form of peacemaking.

Tonight, we the people of the United Methodist Church gather with the people of South Congregational Church of Centerville and St. Peters Episcopal Church, Osterville for a service of unity and reconciliation.  We’ll pray and sing together as we seek God’s presence among us, confess of our own divisiveness, and seek God’s peace for our nation and world.

Tomorrow, November 11, we’ll observe Veterans Day.  We’ll pause after a busy week, to honor and give thanks to our Veterans.  We’ll pray for peace.   There will be hymns, scripture, prayers, and words of gratitude and hope.

Then on Sunday, we’re going to celebrate!  This “Singing Sunday” has nothing to do with the election and everything to do with God’s goodness.  We’re going to sing and hear songs of God’s presence in our lives and in the world.  In the midst of the singing, there will be a love offering for members among us who could use a little help with medical bills.    Let our gratitude for life, love, and God’s grace lead us to extravagant generosity!

Just one more thing before I close.  No matter how you feel about Tuesday’s election, I’m here to listen.  If you are numb, delighted, terrified, or heartsick I’m here.  The same goes for other concerns you face in life.  If you need to talk, I’m here to listen.  That includes sharing good news too!  You can usually catch me in the office Monday-Thursday before noon.  You can set an appointment for an afternoon or evening, and of course you  can email, call or text.  I’m here to listen, pray with you, and walk with you on this journey of faith.

I’ll see you on Sunday,

Pastor Heather




2 thoughts on “What a week”

  1. In your weekly blog you have asked two post-election questions:
    How do we move forward as a nation?
    Are we willing to come together as one to seek the best for all?
    You reminded us that one of the important ways we practice unity in the midst of diversity is through worship. I wholeheartedly agree with you.

    But, then there is another subtly different question.
    As citizens with Christian core values, how should we react to the election of Donald Trump?
    It is a complex question that is difficult to answer. In a normal election, the appropriate path forward for supporters of the defeated candidate is easy to define. All of us (winners and losers) should accept the election results without a lot of fuss and feathers realizing that the bedrock of our democracy is the peaceful transfer of power.

    The problem is that this was not a normal election.

    As Christians we must confront the fact that the Trump campaign was based in large part on white nativism, bigotry, and racism. From its early beginnings with birtherism – a racial attempt to discredit our President – to its later stages of wall building and excluding Muslims, it was consciously designed to stoke fear and hate. Add to that the pathological lying, the overtones of misogyny, and the callus cruelty on public display and only one conclusion can be reached – Trump and his team purposefully orchestrated a campaign that ignored with impunity all the norms of the electoral process and civic discourse.

    This makes a coming together for me not only impossible, it also makes it immoral. There must be no mistake about it. The Trump campaign was an attack on the love that Christ teaches and that you preach. To be sure there are those who will claim that the sore losers should join hands with the winners in the higher interest of God and Country – a kumbaya moment as if around a campfire. But, to do so would be a big mistake. It would reward and normalize behavior that tears apart the very fabric that holds our civic and social institutions together.

    And so I am back to that complex question: What should I as a citizen do about Trump’s election?

    Ronald Kessel

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  2. Ron,
    Thank you for these critically important questions. As good as “kumbaya moments” can feel, in the moment, I don’t know that it will do anything to move our nation forward. Rather, I think, hope, and pray that holy discontent, and an unwillingness to accept the “-isms” are a powerful tools for any Christian. Additionally, I think we have, and have always had the moral responsibility to love and speak up for our neighbor, all of them: Muslims, immigrants, our GLBTIQQ siblings and all who are vulnerable and on the margins. That doesn’t change, no matter who the president is. I look forward to much more conversation about this. Pastor Heather


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