“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of God’” Psalm 121:1
In this last twenty months of adapting to the social distancing requirements of Covid, we have discovered new depths in the ways we “go to the house of God.”?We have found ways to connect while we are apart. We have found that the house of God might be our own house, or a campground, or a backyard. And we have been glad that the connections we have are not only continuing, but expanding.
We have now been conducting worship services in our Seattle building for two weeks. We have also moved our on-line worship service premier to?5:00 p.m. on Sunday?evenings, giving that service a bit of an “evening vespers” feel. And we continue to be grateful for all the ways we are able to be church together.
As our fall worship series reminds us, “We are” on a path of discipleship that is a collective journey, and our core identity is as a community of faith. Our covenant reminds us that we work to live responsibly within God’s creation, sharing with gratitude the gifts we are given. In the next weeks we will be inviting you to consider what financial support you can pledge to this community as we move our ministry forward in the next year.
This month will mark another milestone in the life of our community as we gather to install Rev. Steve Jerbi as minister. We join with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, and with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in this service of worship?on October 24th. The service will be at 3:00 p.m.?in our sanctuary and also available digitally. The installation of a minister is the final step in receiving a called pastor into our midst and we are so happy to take this step together.?So mark your calendars to be there, as we go with gladness into the house of God, whether in our Seattle building, or your in own house, or somewhere else around the world. Because we know, wherever we are, God is right there with us.