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,