A Message From Our Interim Pastor
Greetings to you all!
May this week of practicing and experiencing gratitude find you close with those who know you best, find you rest where your body and spirit are weary, and find you contentment with all you have and are. Beloved friends, you are precious, this week and every week.
Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann has a terrific essay that I highly recommend (you can find it online) titled “The Liturgy of Abundance, The Myth of Scarcity.” I’ll share just one small piece:
“The story of abundance says that our lives will end in God, and that this well-being cannot be taken from us. In the words of St. Paul, neither life nor death nor angels nor principalities nor things -- nothing can separate us from God.
What we know about our beginnings and our endings, then, creates a different kind of present tense for us. We can live according to an ethic whereby we are not driven, controlled, anxious, frantic or greedy, precisely because we are sufficiently at home and at peace to care about others as we have been cared for.”
My prayer for all of us as we careen into this holiday season and beyond into 2020 is that we are ever-present with ourselves and with each other. Present tense. How am I doing? How are you doing? Do I need that? Do I need to spend that? Do I need to do all of these things? Or can I just be?
Thanksgiving as a holiday has problematic origins and expressions, but can be and is a rich opportunity to rest in our riches – people, place, privilege, peace…and recognize where our riches overflow well beyond our need. I don’t know about you all, but I feel most “at home and at peace” when I have the space I feel I need in my head, heart, and life to care for others – and allow myself to be cared for.
Black Friday is problematic (to put it lightly), period. Just say no. Ditto Cyber Monday. Just no.
And Advent! I’m so excited to explore and experience this season of waiting with you. This season of waiting will turn into a glorious in-breaking of Christmas right as we head into a New Year that will summon us to be the ones we are waiting for in ongoing story of Rincon UCC.
In the meantime, warm up your singing pipes because these carols aren’t going to sing themselves! This season is for stretching our minds, bodies, spirits, and hearts to tune into the upside-down God has planned for all of humanity. Let us be prepared to receive the unbelievable but all too real in-breaking of Jesus’ life amongst us and go forth stronger because we know we can live that good news that’s coming to the manger. Of all places!
In deep gratitude and giddy expectation –
Read the Thursday E-letter for January 9, 2020 here.