I have missed being here the past two Sunday mornings. It feels like a loss being disconnected from the time that we set aside to spend together, and I’m looking forward to this week’s gathering. Over these past weeks, at least two egregious events have happened in our country – the truck attack in New York City and the church shootings in Texas – that remind us of how damaged we can become and how fragile life is. I hope we can hold these tensions gently as we discern a way through.
We are living in such a challenging time. It’s tempting to give in to the numbness that creeps around the edges of our awareness as our minds and hearts are confused and overloaded. Paying attention, being mindful, staying present often feels like more than we can manage; but, our time together can be an antidote to that, reminding us at the very least that we are not alone.
This week is the first of our Second Sunday Silence times, from 9:45-10:15 a.m. We’ll have some soft music, and candlelight in the sanctuary – a time to simply be in each other’s presence. At 10:15, the doors will open to our more predictably noisy gathering, greeting each other before the energy of worship begins at 10:30.
Bring your joy, your sorrow, your certainty and your confusion; your children, your family, your friends; bring yourselves. It will be good to be together again.