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A Note from Pastor Jenn-October 8, 2020

Posted on October 8, 2020 at 11:46 am in .

Dear Purple People,

Love Matters More has been trending on my feed, full of you as St. Lukers changing your “Memoji’s” to be people with purple hair and claiming yourselves as purple people. I want to say I was in a city meeting this week where the same term came up, not to say that giving up your values or your voice of what you believe or asking to compromise in a mushy middle, but working together for solutions that benefit all people. Finding ways to listen, learn, and understand each other through love over automatically shutting down, or using divisiveness or turning against one another. This week we are talking about the power of Courageous Love over fear. Fear is a healthy emotion that keeps us alert and offers protection from harm emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As my therapist once told me, fear sometimes needs to be your pilot, sometimes fear needs to be your co-pilot to help you navigate, and then sometimes we just need to stop the car and put fear in the trunk.

Fear turns trunk-worthy when it becomes an obstacle to love. Fear can be used by others to divide us and isolate us. 1 John 4:18b says There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. Courageous love that reveals the Kingdom of God, stands up to our fears, refuses to let others use fear to divide us, and puts fear in the trunk, allowing us to lean into and trust in a love that matters more. That’s what we will be focusing on in worship this Sunday. We invite you to prepare for worship both this Sunday and next by reading Exodus 32 and 33. As you read about the fear of the Israelites as they wait in the wilderness for their leader Moses to come down from the mountain with God, as you read about how they react in fear, do so through the lens of what you are viewing on TV, on the news, or in the conversations you hear. Let’s consider what fear is real, and what we may need to put in the trunk!

This week we begin to invite people back to worship on campus at 11:15 a.m. with new guidelines to help ensure the safety of everyone. We invite you to register here and to fill out the Health Declaration Form on Sunday morning before you arrive. There is limited seating as we start with a lower capacity to make room for those in our community who may not know to register. Please watch the videos below that your pastors had fun making for you to understand how we will live into this together.

Continue the hard work of being disciples who are awake to the calling of love mattering more, so awake, our lives reveal the Kingdom of God all around us.

Grace and peace,

Jenn.

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