Com-mit-ment /kəˈmitmənt/ noun

1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

Dearly beloved, 

To what are you committed? To what beliefs and practices? To what relationships? To what organizations or groups? 

I know that for me it can be easy to take my commitments for granted -- to think that because I am committed to an idea or because I have made promises to a relationship, I am actually fulfilling that commitment through my actions and words. And then sometimes I discover that my values and commitments don't actually match up. Sometimes I am invited to rethink and renew my commitments to values, actions, relation ships and communities that are important to me. Sometimes I am invited to reconsider HOW I live those commitments out in my everyday life.

We are inviting you to do just that this coming Sunday. Some among us will make their commitments to our congregation for the first time as new members -- formalizing their relationship with us and receiving our commitments to journey alongside them in faith. And all of us are invited to consider our financial commitments to our congregation as we bring our giving pledges for 2023. 

We will celebrate both of these commitments in worship. AND you're invited to come to church early (8:30 am) to share in a celebratory breakfast -- to break bread together and renew and nurture relationships with others in this congregation. 

I have to say, I know that it is easier for me to live out my commitments faithfully in the context of a community of extravagant welcome, joy and love. Thanks for being that community for me.

With much love, gratitude and hope,