Congregational Church of Jefferson Park

Pastor’s Message

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Pastor Gayle’s Reflections

September 2018

At the end of my sermon yesterday I asked the congregation, “How’s your nest?” Nesting is love. When God works through human hands to build a church, or a mosque, or a synagogue, or a community center, it is Love. But all of these places involve people – communities and relationships that ought to be safe and nurturing, like a nest. Surely God is nesting in these sanctuaries; but are we nesting in preparation for God? For one another? Are we – our hearts, and lives, and relationships – good nests for God and God’s Love? Do we attend to the need for perennial nesting? The need to re-examine and rebuild the nests of our church and our lives, in order to nurture our relationships with God, one another, and Creation?

As the regular program year begins this month, it is a great time to work on our nests. To prepare our own hearts, minds, and lives to focus on welcoming God again. To prepare to welcome one another, and all who might join us in worship or neighborhood events, into a loving, safe, and nurturing community, where all are affirmed as God’s Beloved children.

Rally Day is Sunday, September 9, with a pancake breakfast (starting at 8:30AM) and choir rehearsal (9:30AM) before worship begins at 11AM. People of all ages are invited to join together in intergenerational worship, which will include the return of the choir, praying and singing together, and a special rite. The rite is the Blessing of Backpacks & Briefcases. Whether you’re a kid or a teacher going back to school, someone continuing to go to work every day, or even a retiree, bring your backpack, your briefcase, your purse, your toolbox, or whatever else you carry with you on a regular basis, and participate in this rite of blessing, as a sign that our congregation, your faith, and God go with you through all you do, even when you aren’t at church. It is a day to RALLY together for worship and fellowship! Join in greeting old friends and new friends. Show our neighborhood who we are and why we are. Show those attending the final performances of the Fringe Festival some great hospitality. Rally as God’s people, doing the best we can to nurture people and community by sharing our faith and having fun!

May our hearts (and nests) be open to God and God’s people!