Simon’s Says

What a wonderful community-wide celebration of Memorial Day we experienced on Monday!  So many of our townsfolk came out to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to the nation.  I loved the wonder in the eyes of our children who delighted in the fire trucks!  It was so nice to share the morning with Fr. Peter from St Joseph’s and Rabbi Marci from Congregation Beth Shalom. To hear the fife and drum corps, the singing of the national anthem at the flagpole, the Girl Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance and to see the Boy Scouts raising the new flag, the veterans who led the parade and all the people who came out in support, it was a gratifying reminder of who we are as a community.

How sad then, that just days later, a vile expression of racism and bigotry struck our neighbors in Deep River.  The normally welcoming sign at Devitt Field was cruelly defaced with a decidedly unwelcoming and hateful sentiment.  The offense was quickly removed, but it did produce an ugly scar that is in no way representative of the good people of our Tri-Town area.  Still, the fact that it occurred at the beginning of Pride Month, a time when we celebrate justice, equality, diversity and inclusion, reminds us that for all the good work done by good people, yet more needs to be done.  And we, as people of faith, are among those who put ourselves to that work, and to the witness of Jesus, who never met a person he couldn’t and didn’t love.

Join us this Sunday - Pentecost Sunday! - as we bid our superlative Parish Administrator, Mari Lynd, Godspeed, as she prepares to move to upstate New York.  We will offer her a fond, if reluctant, adieu during morning worship.  And, as we celebrated our church choir last Sunday, they will offer up one more choral anthem before summer arrives, and we are grateful for their gift of song.

Here are the links to this week’s bulletin and service.
Bulletin for Communion/Pentecost Sunday June 5, 2022
Link to service


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