If you know that God's love embraces all persons equally, no matter their gender, race, or sexual identity...
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... then please know that Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ is the place for you.
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If one takes this week’s readings in the order the lectionary uses, the first verse and the last verse are astounding, challenging, maybe even seeming to be a little unrealistic. “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:26) “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Let’s take a minute first to look at the meaning of the biblical words. The word “holy” is the word for “saint.” The instruction is to “Be a saint!” That’s not much help, is it? At the same time, who has not said, “Oh, isn’t she a saint?” Still, when we say that, we tend to be putting the person on a platform above most people, making him or her a little “holier than thou.” Remember, though, that Paul speaks of all the followers of Christ as saints. (Look at Philippians 1:1, for instance, which is addressed “to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi.” Other letters are sent “to all God’s beloved . . . who are called to be saints.” See Romans 1:7, for example)
To be holy, or to be a saint, means to be set aside for, or dedicated to, God’s use. What if we thought of being “holy” less as some specialized state of being and more as our lives being something to be used in the service of God, in our nitty-gritty everyday living?
These are difficult times in America. Many of us are dismayed at what feels like the beginning of a fascist chapter in our history. Day after day I find myself restlessly picking up and putting down my phone, checking on the news, sighing, fretting.
My younger son watched me for a few minutes the other day and said, “Mom, why don’t you go to Cathance in your mind for a few minutes” – part of our old bed time routine for anxious or over-tired children. He was right. I was both anxious and over-tired.
Cathance Lake is a place where five generations of Bodmans have been going every summer for years and years. It’s an ancient place -- far older than our family’s love of it. Before Europeans ever came to this continent the Passamaquoddy people were fishing there. Year after year the ice goes out in April, the loons return to nest and the salmon come home to spawn. Year after year the beavers build their lodges in the coves and the outlet stream and the eagles circle high overhead. Year after year the stillness of the water at sunrise gives way to the whitecaps and winds of the early afternoon.
It is one of my deep, rooty places and all I need to do is close my eyes and breathe in and I am once again blessed by it and reconnected to the deep, ancient place in my soul where I can hear the Spirit.
I am sure that you too have those places that help to ground and center you and reconnect you to the pulse of God’s love for the universe, for this world, for that place,
And I hope that KMUCC is one of your deep, rooty places. Not just the building with its rich store of memory and the echo of years of prayer-filled, grace-filled living, but even more importantly, the circle of loving people waiting here to pray, seek, learn, grieve and rejoice together.
KMUCC is gift indeed, and it is one I hope we will work on sharing with an anxious, seeking world in the months ahead.
Green Tambourine is Portland's unique 1960s band. Their set list spans the greatest hits of that decade, including songs by Jefferson Airplane, the Beatles, Mamas and the Papas, the Doors, Janis Joplin, Roy Orbison, Elvis, and many more. These versatile musicians excel in singing leads, switching instruments, blending tight harmonies, dancing onstage, and inspiring audiences to sing and dance along. Their vintage costumes and choreographed dance moves add an extra element of authenticity to the decade they represent. Audiences of all ages enjoy their shows.
Join us for this special musical event and help us put a new roof over our Sanctuary!
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