Dear KCC Members and Friends,
With so much going on in the world, it's good to be close to home. It's reassuring to go to church -- to be embraced by the familiar beauty of our sanctuary, to look around and see our friends, to be part of this community. There is a sense of peace in our garden and a sense of warmth in our fellowship.
Let's be thankful for what we have and for one another. There is not a lot of 'news' for the church this week, but the good news is that we have each other and that we are part of this wonderful place called Kenwood Community Church.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, July 21, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
THIS SUNDAY, July 24, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 31, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 7, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. This is also New Member Sunday.
Sunday, August 14, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. This is also Second Sunday Potluck. Along with your potluck dish, please remember to bring canned goods and/or gently used clothing to be distributed by Sarah Lee to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
July 18 - Donna
July 19 - Earla
July 24 - Sarah Lee
Other news of the church--
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Preston and Donna
A prayer for recovery from sickness:
Almighty and merciful God, you are the only source of health and healing; you alone can bring calmness and peace. Grant to us, your children, an awareness of your presence and a strong confidence in you. In our pain, our weariness, and our anxiety, surround us with your care, protect us by your loving might, and permit us once more to enjoy health and strength and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Happening now (or recently)--
From the Moderator--
If ever there was a time for a compelling counterpoint to all the violence and discord in the world, now is the time. Let's not deny the terror, tragedy, and rancor that seemingly unfolds before our eyes on a weekly basis. Let's acknowledge them, pray for those who suffer, and then rise up in love, fellowship, and commitment to each other. At a time when large ideologies and institutions are wreaking havoc, let us take sanctuary and support in our congregation and in our worship. This is both our anchor and our beacon, and I am grateful for it. Let's keep it simple and be persistent as we walk through the fields of summer: faith, hope, and love. These three, and the greatest of these is love.
From the Pastor--
Sound and Fury
Sound and Fury
Once again, we are smack dab in the middle of our every-four-years political hoopla. They come and go and the Church (large 'C') just keeps plugging along. Through good times and bad, with tyrants and dictators seeking power and attention, the Church just has survived all of it.
Our long, long history dates back to the Roman Empire (no voting there!), to the Middle Ages, to the years of the Enlightenment, Hitler, etc., and the Church has survived it all.
Every four years when the heat is turned up in our political life, I need to remember that we, the universal Christian Church, has seen it all before. Sometimes we have been faithful to Christ's vision and the Gospel, other times in Church history, some cheerfully cooperated with and supported the worst in us. Other times, the Church kept its head, trusted in the Lordship of Christ, and carried on.
I take our seasons of intense politics seriously, but I hope, not too. We are a part of a centuries old movement, which seems to be indestructible, in spite of our own terrible mistakes, and the clanging symbols of our public life. We have been called into this for the long haul. I take comfort in that.
Bless you all.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.