Then Jesus called them to him and said, “Allow the children to come to me.
Do not forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children.
I assure you that whoever does not welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.”
Luke 18:16-17 (Similar texts in Matthew 19:14 and Mark 10:14)
About Our Summer Season 2020
To say that this spring has been different than any of us expected is a gross understatement. Many of us feel weary, worried and ready to get back to life as we knew it before COVID-19 and our heightened awareness of systemic racism.
But what if the invitation is not to go back but forward? What if the goal is not so much return but renewal? What if God’s call is to see the world with fresh eyes - to see what is most important to us, to see how we are all interconnected, to see the everyday miracles of gardens and trees, friendship, kindness and love? This summer, we invite you to look at the world Through the Eyes of a Child.
We currently plan to continue to gather virtually through the end of August (unless something dramatic changes), and our worship seeks to make the most of this virtual format. Our order of worship invites us to simplify, to see through fresh lenses, and to cultivate curiosity, awe and hope. Each Sunday will focus around a particular theme.
Children have a profound sense of awe and wonder and so see the sacred all around them. Please be intentional about creating sacred space. You may want to include something from outdoors, something growing, a candle, favorite children’s book and a photograph of yourself as a child and/or a beloved child in your life.
Each Sunday will include an activity to do during worship that invites us to engage with our whole selves -- bodies, minds, and spirits -- and that connects with that week’s theme. These are intentionally childlike and we hope you will delight in them.
To help us engage more deeply with the week’s theme and with one another, a member of our congregation will reflect briefly on the theme and then we will have a chance to share our own thoughts in small groups of no more than four using breakout rooms.