Dear SDUMC Family,
Even though it still is difficult that we can't physically be as connected as we'd like, I continue to spend the time I'm on campus praying for you in the unique spots around the church: the Sunday school rooms, the choir loft and music room, youth room, Founders Hall, our fantastic patios, and green spaces all around the campus.
I also continue to feel so blessed to be part of a church that had shared a countless amount of hope and grace to the community and world around us. I give thanks for the many leadership teams that continue to lead and plan events and studies for the late summer and fall. I am grateful for our fantastic music program as I listen to former anthems that we're using on our Livestream. I give thanks for our retired clergy who continue to share their prayers, thoughts, and even a recent sermon. We have also been blessed by many wonderful people who have traveled through the seminary process leading to ordained ministry. At the moment, many of you know that Dana Black and Jacob McCulloh are part of that process, and I know they will both be amazing (already are) in their future ministries. During our current sermon series, Intersections: God Stories and Our Stories, they will both be sharing the pulpit with Rev. Chelsea and me.
This Sunday, Dana Black will join me in worship to share a powerful and inspirational message. Dana selected the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus from the Gospel of Luke and found a unique way to connect it to a memorable moment in her childhood. I don't want to steal any of her thunder, but I'm fairly sure the sun will come out tomorrow.
This Sunday will also include some amazing music and sharing together in Communion (bring your bread, juice, and water as you watch). Even though I can't see you, I know God continues to connect us as I pray for you through the week. If you ever need to talk or connect, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace, Peace, and Weekend Blessings,