Nothing can separate us from the love of God, including death. In the context of the theme “Summer of Love,” Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the relationship between love and death. We may be frightened by death, but it is what makes life precious.
Besides being the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this year is also the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia that struck down the remaining laws in 16 states prohibiting interracial marriage. Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in their home state of Virginia when their marriage certificate from Washington, D.C. was not honored.
In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
Emerging Leader Lauren Jewett explores the three parts of the familiar Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…”) Using the metaphor of a shepherd and a flock of sheep, God’s care for us established. Our needs will be met and God promises sanctuary when we are most terrified.
Psalm 16 is a song of trust and reassurance that God will protect us, save us. Guest preacher Rev. Sandhya Jha suggests that we can hear this text from our own point of view—that we need not fear—but also encourages us to see the others around us who might also be living in fear. She asks these questions: Saved from what? Protected from what? Safe from what?
In Luke 1:5-24, 57-80 , the angel Gabriel announces to Zachariah that he and his wife Elizabeth are going to have a baby (who will grow up to be John the Baptist), even though both are getting on in years.