Outside My Own Little World

This Sunday, Wendy Lithwin will be leading our worship, and sharing her gifts through preaching as we celebrate Laity Sunday.  She’ll be exploring the text in Matthew 22, where Jesus is asked, “What is the greatest commandment?”  You know the answer, Love.  Love God, Love each other.

The answer is easy.  We’ve heard it since before we knew we were hearing it.  But to live it, oh that’s the rub.

This week, I’ll be in San Antonio for a conference, “Do No Harm.”  We’ll be considering what it means to love God and each other as we encounter boundary violations in the church.  What does it really mean to create safe space or brave space in our faith community?  How do we walk alongside survivors with compassion and grace?  How do we provide safe space to share our truth, to be heard, to be loved?  And what does it really mean to love a perpetrator: accountability, safety, compassion, grace.  And how do we create space in our communities for all, every last one of us to experience God’s love?   Jesus gave the answer quickly, but the living of God’s love, that takes a life time to learn.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to Wendy’s gifted leadership and worshiping with you.

I’ll see you on Sunday,

Pastor Heather

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