"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isiah 40:31
Some people are spring people. They love the new growth and numerous celebration…
Some people are summer people. They love the sunshine and longer evenings…
Some people are winter people. They love the holidays and cooler days...
Some, including myself, are fall people.
Fall is a time of Harvest. As the great-grandchild of two farming families, I still enjoy working in the yard (albeit the yard is a bit smaller in California than Ohio or Pennsylvania). This year beyond our orange tree and succulents, we planted sunflowers. In the last few weeks, our excitement came from harvesting hundreds of sunflower seeds from the beautiful flowers.
This Sunday, we continue our series on "Tasting Grace" – based on the book by Melissa d'Arabian. She has a wonderful chapter on planting, harvesting, and how it reminds us of our dependency on God.
Also, this Sunday, we will welcome a special guest to the pulpit, Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter. Dr. Carter is a professor of Theology and Religious Studies at USD (you can read his biography below) and a United Methodist Elder. One of his areas of interest is ethics and justice related to food. He recently shared with me, "I am finishing up my first book, The Spirit of Soul Food, on food justice and Christianity. I love writing about, talking about, and eating food." He will be using the passage from Exodus 16:1-8 on Sunday as he shares about our dependence on God.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Livestream (Facebook or the website) or for our 10:45 a.m. Outdoor Worship (physically distanced) on what is to be a beautiful Sunday morning (on the Founders Hall patio and fountain area). Both services will also have the inspirational music of Sarah Amos, Melissa Keylock (Artistic Director of the North Coast Singers), and the SDUMC Virtual Choir. I'm am so grateful for our Audio-Visual Team (if you have a chance, send them an email, note, text, etc. for all the extra work they've been doing to help us all taste some Grace during these unprecedented times).
Grateful for you all!
Grace and Peace, John