Snow Days

Ask any school student, snow days just aren’t what they used to be.  Remote learning has long put that particular delight in the rearview mirror:  if you are learning virtually, then weather is never an obstacle.  And if you are learning in-person, then bad weather just moves your classroom to your kitchen.  That’s why I was amused by my reaction to something one of you said a couple snowy Sundays ago (I think it was Super Bowl Sunday).  You wrote to me something to the effect, “Are we having church today?” and I did a double take.  In another time I would have had to consult with church leadership about whether or not to hold worship, but the mere fact I had to think twice shows that old ingrained assumptions can be very difficult to break!

Today is a snow day of sorts.  I’ve already been out and cleared my deck and walkway, and cleaned off the cars.  But since Ash Wednesday meant I’ve already been to the church 3 times this week, I have enough work with me to permit working from home.  And speaking of Ash Wednesday, it was a lovely service, and I appreciated all the music Karli brought that afternoon.  I also appreciate your patient indulgence as there were one or two brief glitches which I hope we overcame without too much distraction.  I promise, I’ll have this down by the time we are able to worship in person once more…

And we are now in Lent.  I hope you have been able to get your copy of Promises, Promises, this year’s UCC Devotional.  Once more, I will be using one or more of the devotions, or their attendant scriptures, as jumping off points for our Sunday sermons.  I also want to pay attention to biblical books I’ve neglected by underuse (like last weekend’s Song of Songs), so this Sunday we’ll take a look at the enigmatic tenth chapter of John’s gospel (Matt Laney uses it for today’s devotion).  A reading of the first seventeen verses presents a Jesus who somehow manages to be exclusive and inclusive at the same time.  To borrow one of the buzz-phrases from seminary days, we will unpack that particular passage this week.

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Sunday February 21, 2021 Bulletin
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