Dear friends:

My gratitude continues to deepen for the privilege of being a part of this faith community. If you could see what I see, you would be grateful, too: sacrificial giving, dedicated service to the community – especially the most vulnerable -- creative adaptation of Sunday schools, Bible studies, book studies, and even Session meetings.

It has been remarkable, really, to see us double-down on our mission to be agents of God’s love and light in this world.

I was trying to explain this to a dear friend -- a person not of defined faith nor a church-goer -- and he suggested it was all just a fleeting search for meaning. That our efforts to do good in the world through sacrificial service and supportive relationships was little more than thinly veiled efforts to make ourselves feel better.

I disagreed, but it did help me remember something Joseph Campbell wrote:

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we are seeking is an experience of being loved and therefore alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance with our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That’s what it’s finally about.” ( The Active Life by Parker Palmer, p. 8)

This weekend at Covenant, we’ll remember and give thanks for one of our saints, baptize one of our young adults, and celebrate Pentecost. In other words, we’ll feel the rapture of being alive.

Let me close with two worship notes: We have gone live with a new website. If you watch our services via livestream, please use this link . Secondly, read these two passages to prepare for our time together.

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