If you have walked by my office in the last year, you have seen them on the door. They are several Post-It notes with questions that came up during Vacation Bible School last summer. They are good, deep, questions and I did take a few moments in the weeks following VBS last year, to answer them as best as I could to the young people who asked them. However, they have been calling me to do more.
That time has come! On Pentecost, I asked the question “Why Church?” And that got me thinking, why not tackle some of these questions in our sermon time? Exactly, why not? I could not come up with an answer, so that is exactly what I plan on doing during June. We are going to tackle some tough questions like: “Who Created God?” and “Did ‘They’ Change the Words?” and “Why is Believing so Hard?” All of these will lead up to our celebration on June 27th where we will look back over the history of this community of faith, and look forward to where God might be calling us in the years to come. (By the way, that celebration has been moved back into the sanctuary, followed by lunch and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. We wanted to make sure everyone was as comfortable as possible during the celebration, and we all know that the weather can wreak havoc with the best of plans! Don’t worry, though, worship on the 4th of July WILL be outside in the pavilion (bring a lawn chair if you’d like). Again, weather permitting!)
I also want to encourage you to be pondering what questions and topics you would like to think about in future sermons. Coming up later this year I am planning on a series called “The People’s Choice.” I am borrowing the idea from a colleague, where the sermon topics are chosen (at random) from ideas that come from you, the congregation. For six weeks, beginning at the end of August, I will pick a topic from the “hat” and that will be the basis for the sermon the next Sunday. For this to work, however, we will need some ideas to go INTO the hat! We will start collecting those ideas on August 1st, so be thinking about what you want to ask or about a favorite scripture you have always wanted to think about in more detail.
The summer months are a perfect opportunity for us to grow deeper in our faith as we discover how richly blessed we are by God. I look forward to seeing you online, or in person as we seek God together!