Greetings from Kansas City, Missouri!
Okay, not really. I’m actually writing this a week ahead of time, as I’ll be pretty unplugged during my spiritual retreat with the Bethany Ecumenical Fellows “this week.” But, if you’re reading this the day it comes out, yes, I am at a retreat center outside of KC, recharging and realigning.
It’s funny, really — I get into a rhythm, thanks to these retreats, and I’ve texted with a couple friends who are a part of my cohort; we’re all ready for a week of retreat, as it is a place of life. But I’m also bummed to not have been at worship this past Sunday. I’m beyond thrilled the choir is back — though I was floored by our special music this summer. I’m excited to see what’s in store with children’s church and youth groups. I want to plan faith development classes for Advent and Lent. I want to hear stories, share stories, learn stories, and see how they continue to fit in to how God is at work in us, and in the Church, and in the world that God so loves.
This week, we wrap up four weeks on Evangelism. See? We got through it together. Everything’s all right. The sermon is about how to continue to add to your story (which is the intersection of God’s work and your life); so we’ll talk about callings, vocation, and ministries that you and I and everyone can be a part of. And, we’ll be hearing one of my favorite scriptures (at least, to use with people who have, uh, different methods of evangelism), Matthew 22:29.
And other ones. I will see some of you at the new member gathering on Saturday, and I look forward to seeing so many more of you Sunday.