This Sunday we conclude our consideration of refugees and welcoming the stranger. The texts include the classic instruction from the Levitical Code to embrace and care for the resident alien in the land, and Paul’s poetic meditation on breaking down the dividing walls of hostility. It is sad to see walls threatened and built to keep those “not like me” out of “my backyard.” For strangers in the Ancient Near East, hospitality was a life or death matter. Unfortunately, it’s not so different today. Paul urged the new Christians in Ephesus to bring down the wall between Gentiles and Jews that they might dwell together, unified in God’s Beloved Community. What are the “walls” in our world that need to be broken down so we might occupy the planet in peace and harmony, compassion and well-being, justice and love?
Today was the day we asked you to have your reservation in for our upcoming retreat. I talked with Daniel Pryfogle this morning. He is very much looking forward to being with us and has some great things planned for the retreat. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do. We have space, including one just for you. We will carpool from the church to Portola Valley on Saturday and a box lunch will be provided at cost. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or Pastor Gregory. It will be so good for us to be together for a time of focused reflection and growth, sharing our stories and building our community.
Meanwhile, I’ll see you Sunday at 10 AM. Bring someone with you to share the day.
Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!