The weekend was fantastic...we had a record crowd for the open and affirming UCC churches in the Mass conference for the Boston Pride parade. Very fun. My congregation handed out rainbow bracelets that were printed with the words "you are beloved" and "eliot church of newton, ucc." A big hit with everyone, and one of my congregants who was handing them out said, "I loved giving away an Eliot blessing as I handed them out." Gotta love that.
I am going to try and use proper capitalization when I write here. I have some grammarians in my crowd that I am pretty sure are appalled by my incessant use of lower case letters. My grammar in itself isn't that great!
The Children and Youth Service yesterday was the total bombe. The children acted out the story, "In the Name of God" by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, which is a picture book that explores the many biblical names for God. A little girl played "Let It Be" on harmonica and trombone for the offertory music. Five of my mission trip students gave testimony on how the trip was transformative in their lives.
The picnic afterwards was festive and laid back. A pure bliss kind of Sunday.
One week from today I will be flying to Hawaii for vacation. Ahhhhh.
Ummm, it's hard to believe but all of my potential doors have been shut except one, which seems like a very long weird shot, and I am not sure I am even interested. I wish I could be gracious and humble and ask God what I should be learning in all of this, but really, all I can say is, "What up, G? What UP????" After such a long period of time, I think this line of questioning is o.k.
I want to grow an eggplant this summer. I never have. I don't even really like eggplant, as far as to eat, but the vegetable as an object of beauty has few peers. I think they are so beautiful!
My office is a total wreck. Truly, I say unto you, a total wreck.
There is day camp at the preschool this week. They are especially rowdy, because it isn't school...it's pre-camp? Those teachers should be awarded many jewels in their crowns.
Guess that's it for a ramble for now.