The Villager Voice

I’m still smiling at Karli’s whimsical benediction response last Sunday, a felicitous combination of the Girl Scouts’ “Make New Friends, Keep the Old,” and Raffi’s “The More We Get Together.”  It was the perfect coda to our conversation about collective effervescence.  You just never know what you’re going to hear at the United Church on Sunday mornings.

This will be be true this week as well.  It’s likely most of you have heard of the Old Testament book of Esther, but probably not much more about it than the name.  While the story is very familiar to our Jewish cousins, as it provides the backstory for the feast of Purim, and a major character in the story lends his name to the delicious cookie treat hamantaschen, it hasn’t gained much traction in most Christian pulpits.  For our part, we’re going to remedy this on Sunday with what will be a basic retelling of the story of Esther.  As biblical scholar Sidnie White Crawford writes in The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary, “The Hebrew book of Esther is an exciting, fast-paced story that has captured the imagination of Jews over the centuries…  It contains all the elements of a popular romance novel:  a young and beautiful heroine, a wicked, scheming villain; a wise older father figure; and an inept and laughable ruler.  In the story good triumphs evil is destroyed, and it ends happily.”  If you’ve never read it, you may want to give it a whirl this weekend; the last book of the law, or history, of the Hebrew Bible, it is a brief ten chapters long.

A couple of you asked me last week, “Are we still masking in church?”  The answer remains Yes.  With Covid cases rising in every one of the fifty states and the Delta variant raging around the world, we are still committed to the well-being of everyone in our community, from the oldest to the youngest, vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.  “Inasmuch as you do for these my brothers and sisters, so you do for me.”

See you Sunday.

Sunday July 25, 2021 Bulletin
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