If it has not already been said and heard enough, please vote. And pray for those effected by the election results. One of the tragedies of the endless election season is the way it pits neighbors and families against one another. Prayerfully find a way to repair damaged relationships on the other side of Election Day. We will need each other to forge a way forward as a community and as a nation. Don’t let the divide and conquer rhetoric make more enemies. Instead, try to find ways that common ground can unify us to make our corner of the world, safer, more accepting and a place where we can all thrive.
Our own John Medeiros has just published an article in the the Jurist about the recent legislation proposed to limit citizenship to children of immigrants born in the US. Here’s a link to the article: https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2018/11/medeiros-birthright-citizenship-us-constitution/
On Saturday night, we will hold our second Roots Cellar performance of the year. Ellis is a St. Olaf grad and has appeared at the MN State Fair and Prairie Home Companion. Here’s a link to her music: https://www.ellis-music.com/video/ Invite your friends. The concert starts at 7pm. Here’s the link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/323196921801476/
This Sunday, we will be looking at Julian of Norwich. She was a 14th century mystic who had visions of God as the embodiment of love. You can read about her here: http://juliancentre.org. My sermon is entitled, “Divine Love.” Isaiah 66:7-13 depicts God as a mother as an expression of such divine love. One of her most famous sayings is, “All shall be well, and in all things all shall be well.” We could use that word this week. The UBC Carillon bell choir will perform and Deidre Druk will be the worship leader.
After church on Sunday, retiring ABC Missionary Ruth Mooney will be on hand to lead our forum. She’ll talk about her work in Costa Rica and the evolving situation across Central America, in particular people fleeing Nicaragua in search of a safe haven in Costa Rica.
After church and forum on Sunday, Betsy Kerr, Kim and I will be singing the Vivaldi Gloria with orchestra as part of the St. Kate’s Choral Society. The performance is at 3pm at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Randolph in St. Paul.
Tuesday: VOTE!! 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp,
Wednesday: 5:45pm UBC Chorale Rehearsal, 7:30pm UBC Carillon Bell Choir Rehearsal,
Saturday: 1pm Grace in Contemporary Literature by Women,
7pm Ellis plays at the Roots Cellar,
Sunday: 10am Worship Service,
11:30am Education Hour, Forum: ‘Costa Rica Update” with Ruth Mooney.