From Rev. Billy Kluttz

Grace and peace be with you!

As we remember our country’s beginnings this July 4th holiday weekend, we will consider stories of our spiritual beginnings, as well. Our sermon series, Faces of Faith, gives us the story of Genesis 2 this Sunday (to which I am adding a small portion of chapter 3). Together, we’ll remember the story of Eve and Adam’s creation, their initial connection in the garden, and the quick deterioration in human relations. I hope that you’ll join us for worship online

We’ll also celebrate communion together online this Sunday. You’re encouraged to prepare a table in your home for worship on Sunday. Any food and drink will do to remember Jesus’ life and calling. 

Stories of our human relations are also stories of grief. And so, I will leave you with a poem from Jan Richardson that we read together on Tuesday morning this week during our prayer group:

Blessing for the Brokenhearted
by Jan Richardson

Let us agree
for now
that we will not say
the breaking
makes us stronger
or that it is better
to have this pain
than to have done
without this love.
Let us promise
we will not
tell ourselves
time will heal
the wound,
when every day
our waking
opens it anew.
Perhaps for now
it can be enough
to simply marvel
at the mystery
of how a heart
so broken
can go on beating,
as if it were made
for precisely this—
as if it knows
the only cure for love
is more of it,
as if it sees
the heart’s sole remedy
for breaking
is to love still,
as if it trusts
that its own
persistent pulse
is the rhythm
of a blessing
we cannot
begin to fathom
but will save us

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