January 30, 2018
I love how our community of faith gathers to experience God, both in worship and in one another.
This past weekend, we gathered for a “Movies that Move Us!” Friday evening, in a spirit of worship, affirmation and discovery of possibility. Viewing the film “I Am Not Your Negro,” writer James Baldwin reminds us “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Truly sacred conversations followed.
Sunday morning, we experienced the love of God and neighbor in worship, once again reminded that “Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love!” In a world where self-harm, suicide and acts of violence all too often become narratives for dealing with our pain, we embraced our truths and affirmations, hopes and “best advice” for walking in faith and trusting in God’s unconditional love for each of us. We brought that message into sacred covenant with one another as we pledged to surround a child in love and grace through holy baptism.
Our worship, however, was not yet complete. We continued our sacred journey with a shared meal and acknowledging who we are in covenant together as people of Plymouth Church UCC in our Annual Meeting. We recognize the contribution we receive from people who give their time, their best hopes, most sincere efforts and even their struggles. We share our joy in coming through a year filled with “newness” and the beginnings of a ministry of “collaboration.” We take sacred time to do the work of the Church and continue to transform who we are and who we desire to become. Changing our bylaws allows for a different process by which we now make Dr. Wanda Griffiths our Music Ministry Director/Organist, as well as electing persons among us to guide and shape our life in ministry as a congregation together and hold them in grace.
Many moments of experiencing the sacred took place this weekend; and for me, we experienced some of our best selves and God at work! Thank you for being who you are as a community of faith and for continuing to celebrate what possibilities come next! –Yours in grace and hope, Rev. Steven Davis