When the time is right for visitors to return, I would be happy to lead a small group conversation or service as well. I would love to talk with you about what is possible either now, or in the future. In the meantime, blessings to you all as we move into autumn. May your fall harvest be abundantly blessed.
Imagine you are Elijah. Despite your reputation as a prophet (or a teacher, pastor, director, or some other respected role), you are afraid. There are those who have vowed to take your life for your beliefs. Imagine the cave where you are hoping to hide. Imagine hearing the question, "What are you doing here?" At some point of our life, in the midst of struggle or worry, we can all become like Elijah. We just want to run and hide. Yet, we know that God does not call us to live in fear, at least for long.
Yes, even in a storm, if we listen closely, we will hear God asking, "Why are you hiding in fear? I need you to take part in love." These words are for us all.
There is much going on in our state, our country, and our world. I share with you a prayer from the beautiful book, Earth Prayers from around the World. This prayer was written by Helen Weaver, an American writer. Let us join her in prayer for our wonderful Earth.
Almighty God, who are mother and father to us all,
Look upon your planet Earth divided.
Help us to know that we are all your children,
That all nations belong to one great family,
And all our religions lead to you.
Multiply our prayers in every land
Until the who Earth becomes your congregation,
United in your love.
Sustain our vision of a peaceful future
And give us strength to work unceasingly
To make that vision real. Amen
Even if we cannot "work" in the way we may have in the past, let us remember we can always pray. Let us do so with courage, conviction, and love.
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ