Feb 1, 2023

“Blessed are those who….”

This past Sunday we reflected on the Beatitudes from Matthew’s gospel, and focused on the practices we are called to pursue, if we are to be faithful followers of Jesus, and if we want to help usher in God’s vision of the Beloved Community.

Today I am thinking of other ways in which our congregation is blessed.

Our choir will sing in worship this coming Sunday. Yes, our choir! We are blessed to have dedicated and talented singers who lend their voices to lead us in singing praises to God. A choir was only a hope and a dream four years ago, but now it is a reality and a blessing!

Our ministry intern, Rabert Sheppard, will lead worship and preach this coming Sunday. We are blessed to have Rabert not only as a member of our congregation, but also offering us his talents and perspectives as part of our staff this Spring.

The Rev. Dr. Jim Currie will preside at Communion this coming Sunday. We are blessed to have Jim and JoAnn as part of our congregation. And we are particularly blessed that Jim offers his leadership to worship in this way!

We have young children in worship again! Before the pandemic, we were blessed to see Austin and Asher on a regular basis, delighting us with their wide-eyed enthusiasm. Now we are blessed to share delight with Harvey and Malcolm and Thomas and Andrew on a regular basis. I even got to have a “Time with Children” moment in worship a couple of weeks ago. These children are truly blessings.

And, if you are reading this, YOU are a blessing to our congregation! I give thanks for each and every one of you.

Pastor Jack