Dear Friends,

This Sunday we will be revisiting the story of Jesus’ baptism. I find the story both moving and encouraging. John was reluctant to baptize Jesus; he felt Jesus should baptize him. Yet, to that plea, Jesus simply replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).” Then John consented. There, in the desert by the river, John’s ministry was coming to a close as Jesus’ ministry was beginning. It is a poignant telling, and most assuredly one that is worth exploring in community. What are your beliefs about baptism? What does being baptized mean to you? Anything? As some of you have a Catholic background, and some of us are Protestant, there may be differences in our beliefs. Such differences are part of what makes this community so rich so let us explore them.

Just a few reminders:

Meditation in the Christian tradition is offered on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. Come join us for a short reflective reading, 25 minutes of sitting meditation and a brief conversation afterwards. Meditating with others is a rich experience. God waits in silence for us. This I believe Jesus knew.

In addition, beginning Monday, September 20 at 4:00, I will be leading a book study on Sister Joan Chittister’s book, The Gift of Years, Growing Old Gracefully. Sister Joan is a Benedictine nun who is a strong voice for women (including the ordination of women), children, and the poor. At 85 years old, she is no stranger to the aging process which all of us are undergoing at this very moment. If you want to come check out the study before buying the book, that is fine. In fact, if you don’t even want to buy the book, you are still welcome to come and take part. After all, we are all aging.

On Sundays we continue to meet both in person and on Zoom. When we gather for worship in person, we ask that everyone to adhere to these protocols for the health and safety of the community. If for some reason you cannot, you are welcome to join us via Zoom. There is so much going on in our communities, nation, and our world. Let us come together to pray. The world needs our heartfelt attention and compassion.

  1. We will continue to meet outside. We won’t be singing, but Rusty and Richard will alternate Sundays to play piano for us.
  2. No gathering in Room 1 and no sharing of food. However, all are welcome to bring their own lunch or snacks. Bringing your own filled water bottle is highly recommended.
  3. Physical distancing is to be maintained. If you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask. May we all do what we can to make certain everyone can stay healthy.

Please call the office if you would like the Zoom information.


Rev. Sue Ann

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