“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ― Howard Thurman
Welcome back to Plymouth after a summer of travel and fun. Welcome back, even in the midst of the uncertainty of Delta variant viruses and continued social distancing and masks! Welcome back, whether you can meet with us in person to worship, or whether you are joining us through livestream!
As our bridge pastor, Rev. Ron Patterson, challenged us on August 22nd: we are the church, God’s gathered and beloved community, whether we are in the meeting house and sanctuary building or not. We are the church of Jesus, the liberator and redeemer, our model for inclusion and justice, wherever we find ourselves in the world. We meet in worship for sustenance and inspiration to be the church in the world. Our faith awakens and enlivens us in good times and tough times. As Christian theologian and minister, educator and mystic, Howard Thurman, wrote, “the world needs … people who have come alive!”
Christian Formation is alive and well at Plymouth as we begin fall programming. There will be outside, intergenerational Sunday School activities for children, teens and families starting at 10 am on September 12 on the Plymouth lawn. (And running into October as the weather allows.) We will explore together through activities and crafts Bible stories that prompt us to ask “Who Are Our Neighbors?” At 10 am adults can join the Adult Forum sessions that will be in the Forum Room. We are hoping to live stream the Forums in some way (maybe on Zoom), and possibly link them to the Fireside Room for overflow seating, so we can remain socially distanced.
To join in being alive in the world with God’s justice and love, I hope you will consider joining one of our two adult book studies that begin in September.
The Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson, Associate Minister, is a writer, storyteller, and contributor to Feasting on the Word, a popular biblical commentary. She is also the writer of sermon-stories.com, a lectionary-based story-commentary series.