So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. (Ephesians 2:19-20)
Our little church continues to respond to the mandate to come together out of diverse backgrounds to worship and act as one body of Christ. I am writing this message on Memorial Day, thinking ahead to our summer activities, yet also reflecting back on the “saints” who have come before us in this congregation. Each generation of the church has added its own contributions to our collective identity. We are able to come together on Sunday mornings, and to reach out to and with the community during the week, because of many before us, who taught and sang, who believed and prayed, who prepared food and paid the bills. We are still learning of gifts left in the wills of members who looked ahead to a time beyond their own. We are still carrying on creative traditions that morph over time but maintain their importance and meaning.
Living in peace as one faith community comprised of individuals across diverse cultural and political perspectives has never been easy. It has always been the reason for Church, even our “little church on the hill.” In the words of Pope John Paul II:
Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look to the future with confidence.
A summer challenge: Our church needs a motto, a logo that expresses who we are and what we do (think T-shirts, hats, bags, etc., that would provoke meaningful conversations). Please share your ideas with our Stewardship and Fundraising Committee: Jennifer Elwell, Rachel Hodgdon, Thelma Nielsen and Zelda Lyon.