On an episode of 30 Rock, former Vice President Al Gore shares an African proverb (that he made up): “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” He then says, specifically in reference to climate change, that we must go far, quickly.
We are going far and quickly, friends. I am so glad that I am not alone in this. On Sunday, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of ministry happening in this congregation. From JYF having a picnic to children’s church throwing an Awesome Party to Kathy knocking her sermon out of the park to Zane and Sheryll working with the youth on planning a Hanging of the Greens service, to getting chased by a zombie (long story, but a good one!), to planning Advent with Greg, to seeing lay leaders say yes and serve, to Game Night, from Sunday School, and everything else (and everyone else!) in between: Dang, folks! What a day! We are doing this together. We are going far into the Realm of God that calls us to sacrifice and abundance, to joy and understanding, to grace and new life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
On Tuesday, I met with the Senior Ministers of East Dallas Christian Church, Central Christian Church and Highlands Christian Church. We come together quarterly-ish to share stories, make plans and support one another. My friend Jonathan Brink is the newly installed pastor of Highlands, and he said the best thing out of the meeting was seeing the humanness and realness of his colleagues in ministry. Did you know we all share the same worries and struggles as churches? They look different, sure, but they weigh the same. And did you know we all have reasons to celebrate and give thanks? Sure you do, and even though they may look different, they also weigh the same.
And then I think about our leadership at this church. Our Elders, our Deacons, our Board. The people who will help throw a great wedding reception, those who will step up to serve at a funeral. The people who share their stories about the glorious foolishness of a community of people trying to live out what it means to be holy—which we understand to be abundantly inclusive, justice-seeking, and diversely understood in the context of love. I am simply overwhelmed today, which is a good place to be.
This weekend, a lot is happening in the life of the church. We have the celebration of life for Emmalee McCracken, a saint of our congregation. We have the wedding of Sonny and Gary, which I’ve been calling a State Wedding with absolutely no sense of irony. We have the chance to come together, yet again, as a people of God living into the Reign of God. And I just can’t wait.
I usually talk about the sermon coming up in this article, but I’ll wait for Sunday. It’s about weddings, though. And torches. And enoughness. That’s what I know for sure, at least right now. I look forward to seeing you Sunday, if not before.