Dear Church Family,
Summer officially arrives today, and I’m looking forward to warm, less rainy weather. Maybe you have found, as I have, that it has been tough to find time between the raindrops to get the lawn mowed.
“Summertime—and the livin’ is easy,” declared the old Gershwin song from Porgy and Bess. The song actually is as much a nod to the hope of protection in times of trial (“there ain’t nothing can harm you with daddy and mammy standin’ by,” it tells us several times) as it is an affirmation of the different rhythms of the summer.
Nevertheless, we New Englanders, for whom the winters last long, cherish this all too brief time to work in our gardens, cast a fishing line, swim or boat in the lake, take a day hike, play a round of golf, enjoy a vacation. Several of our church family have already been enjoying trips to see family or new sights. Summer is a great time to experience God in our leisure as well as our labor, to appreciate once again, as the Psalm for this week puts it, “the heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
So happy summer solstice! Have a good summer, but I look forward to seeing you in church when you are in town. God doesn’t take vacations, thankfully, and weekly worship is a blessing for all seasons!
For the next two Sundays, we’ll be tackling a theme with which many of us wrestle—the idea of judgment. What does it mean to say God is judge as well as loving and merciful? How do we make necessary judgments in life without falling into judgmentalism, which seems so alien to the spirit of Christ? This Sunday the text is Matthew 25:31-46, known as the Parable of the Last Judgment. We looked at this same parable two months ago, but we’ll look at it this week with different eyes. The sermon is “The Ultimate Judgment” and the Old Testament text is Psalm 19.
See you in church.
Peace and Joy,