Pumpkins, All Saints, and Advent

PumpkinsWe had two great creative events this weekend – Friday’s potluck and pumpkin carving.  Thanks to Pastor Tripp and the interns for organizing the festivities.  The creativity was “scary.”  Then on Sunday, Naomi led us in an excellent Advent-to-Epiphany Worship Brainstorming Party.  About 20 people participated.  We came up with some exciting ideas for this year’s Advent worship.  It was great to have so many join in.  It will surely enrich our worship experience during this special season of the church year.  Thanks to Naomi and everyone who participated.  If you have further input, don’t hesitate to let one of the pastors or interns know.

Please plan to come out Friday night for our very special service of “All Saints in Song,” led by the wonderful Ana Hernandez.  This will be another opportunity to exercise your creativity, this time in a devotional setting.  We are very blessed to have Ana with us.  Invite friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, seekers and strangers to join in this worship experience.

Sunday’s service will focus on one of everybody’s favorite Bible stories.  The tale of Zaccheus and the tree is one of the first many of us encountered in Sunday School, probably because children can identify with Zaccheus’ small stature.  But Zaccheus also had a big heart that was more than generous in its moment of repentance and transformation.  In adult Spiritual Formation, we will begin a study of Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber.  It is a fine spiritual memoir in the tradition of Cathleen Falsani’s Sin Boldly.

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

Pastor Rick