"...your people shall be my people, and your God my God." Ruth 1:16c
Back to VBS again. That partial verse is part of our focus for our last night. And it fits well the theme "Love Binds Us Together". What the verse is about is establishing family where the world says there is no real family.
It is a lovely idea. And that is what we are about. Are we related? Only by that God who is the Father of us all. So, we gather together for VBS and it is a microcosm of what we try to do as a community of faith as a whole. We have plans and a time table, but they are not always kept to strictly. What we do have is a wide variety of people singing boldly sometimes looking pretty silly. We eat together, pray together, pretend that someone is in charge, and sometimes we simply go with the flow.
We adjust our plans and laugh at ourselves and play games and sing some more. We create art that others might question. We get unacceptably loud according to who?), run in circles, play when we are supposed to be serious and wonder where being serious gets us. Sometimes we get hurt (like my little grand daughter Avery), but then there is someone there to take care of us (thanks Brenda), and we live through the hurt, and manage to smile after all.
It is the life of the family of the church. "Your people are my people. Your God is my God." We do not fully know what that means, or how it might work out. But we jump in, know pain and joy, foolishness and certainty, and end up grinning in the end, in spite of ourselves.
Giving thanks for showing up, for the seeds that are planted and watching how the growing is going for us all.
In the name of the Christ,
"Lord God, thank you for the privilege of serving you with our resources as well as with our very lives. Use these gifts, we pray, to bring about peace and justice, healing and hope, and to spread the good news that Jesus Christ offers reconciliation to God. Amen."
Thursday; ALL CHURCH LUNCHEON @ 12:00 PM, everyone is invited
Sunday; Worship at 8:30 & 10:30 Graduation Celebration at 9:30 am