Welcome back to the fall! It has been an amazing summer at First Church, with so many happy things coming to pass, that I only can write to you that I am extremely grateful for all your faithfulness to the church. We have painted the Meetinghouse and are raising funds for the roof, we have welcomed Birth to Three and prepared for a refugee family, we have sung hymns of gladness and offered spectacular music to God, we have Baptized babies and laid to rest two dear friends of the congregation.
The fall brings with it special treasures for the church. The choir will begin to sing again, and the Sunday school will start up, all on September 11, as we come back to the Sanctuary for worship and the sacrament of Holy Communion. This will also be the time that we will hear the happy hammering of tools on the roof as we replace it. And we continue with our outreach to refugees, homeless people, and people struggling with addictions, as we offer compassion and welcome, to bring God’s healing and love to the world.
I am also glad to report that the book on which I have been working as an editor for many years has been published over the summer. Krister Stendahl’s “Roots of Violence”, based on a 1981 manuscript, is ready for reading. I am grateful to Paraclete Press and the Stendahl family. The messages of this book are available now to the broad reading public. I love to hold it in my hands.