A word that Presbyterians often use to describe the way we do church is “connectional.” This means that we don’t just exist in isolated congregations, but that we are connected to regional and even national communities and ministry efforts. It also means that we’re a whole body of Christ that partners together (on a really big scale) to do God’s will and to spread good news to a world in need.
I have loved being a part of our connectional Presbyterian community. It has allowed me to meet so many wonderful colleagues in ministry. As pastor at Sunnyvale, I have the privilege of connecting our community with some of these good folks. So, I hope you’ll come this Sunday and hear our preacher, Rev. Layton Williams.
Layton served as a pastoral resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, where we partnered together on young adult ministry and non-traditional worship. She has been involved in leading efforts to more fully include and honor LGBTQI+ persons in the PC(USA). She is an author, poet, and blogger – and she’s spent time working as a writer and editor building public engagement with Sojourners (a Christian social justice publication and advocacy organization).
Layton is going to lead us in worship and ask us to consider, even more deeply, what it means to be connected as the body of Christ. What might God be wanting to do in us, and through us?