Cathleen Falsani

Sin Boldly

Cathleen Falsani
Cathleen Falsani, author of “Sin Boldly”

We’re on the verge of one of those big transitions in the liturgical year.  This Sunday (which is also Mothers’ Day) marks the end of Eastertide with a celebration of the Ascension.  The following Sunday, May 19, we will celebrate Pentecost, the “birthday of the church.”  Some theologians believe that the Ascension is as important as the Resurrection.  Here the Gospel comes full circle as the Christ, who descended from God, returns to God.  This is the ultimate homecoming on which all homecomings are patterned.  The course of our lives on earth is this journey from God to God.  It is the driven by the desire to nest our restless hearts in the heart of God.  It is the culmination of communion, now face to face with the Creator.  Jesus shows us the Way.

We also begin a three week study in Adult Spiritual Formation of Cathleen Falsani’s book, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace.  Falsani argues that “Grace makes no sense to our human minds.  We’re hard-wired to seek justice, or our limited idea of what that means, and occasionally dole out mercy.  Grace is another story.”  This is a great opportunity to explore the author’s work before she visits us in person on June 2.  It is also a great opportunity to invite someone(s) to come along with us on the journey.  I’m sure we all know folks who would benefit from an encounter with grace.  Looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 10.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.

Pastor Rick


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