I had a very nice trip to Seattle this past weekend. The weather was reasonable (for Seattle!) The Evergreen meetings went well. We were privileged to hear the excellent preaching of the Reverend Jacqueline Thompson, Assistant Pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, who urged us to remain faithful to our calling to be an inclusive community of people and congregations. It was great to visit with old friends and a delight to preach at Seattle First Baptist Church on Sunday. The worship service was lovely, the choir and organ outstanding and the day filled with many fond memories.
By all reports it was a good day at FBCPA as well. Thanks to Tripp for preaching, to Carolyn for working with the children and youth and to Nana for hosting a “visit to Lebanon.” I heard that her presentation was very good, the décor lovely and the food outstanding. Of course, I knew it would be. I’m sorry I missed it.
Sunday we will visit India under the guidance of the Hunwicks. Worship will focus on the 38th chapter of Job at the point at which God begins to speak to the Job from the whirlwind. What happens when we bring our grievances before God with an expectation that justice will be done? Job is confronted with an order of reality that goes far beyond his comprehension, that challenges his conception of justice, and that teaches him a lesson about being a creature, albeit one attended to and loved by God.
After worship we will hold our Quarterly Business Meeting, which will include a Special Business Meeting to consider a change to our church constitution’s quorum requirements. The sole purpose of this amendment is to make it easier for us to conduct church business, since current quorums are a burden to meet. There is no intention to purge our roles or exclude anyone who wants to be a member in this process. We want every member who is willing and able to join in making this decision and, more importantly, to engage in every aspect of our community life, including its business.
So don’t’ forget – 10:00 AM in the sanctuary for worship, sharing and learning and then stay for the business meeting. Bring a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor (or three!) to join us. Strangers are welcome, too!
May God bless us and keep us on the way,