We are officially in fall!!
As I write this (Wednesday) the weather is a little cooler but, as I am often reminded here in Dallas, tomorrow might be a whole different story.
COVID-19 has certainly changed our lives and, just like Cathedral of Hope, the many organizations that we partner with throughout the year have also had to reimagine the ways they continue to serve and support the community. One of our partner organizations is Prism Health of North Texas. Every year they hold “LifeWalk,” an annual event that benefits people living with HIV/AIDS in our community.
Every year, we sponsor a team that would participate in “LifeWalk” and raise money to benefits both Prism Health and Cathedral of Hope. Our participation in “LifeWalk” raises money to support the Evelyn Pruitt AIDS Financial Assistance Fund. This money is then distributed, through grants to people in our church and the wider community, to people who are living with HIV/AIDS and who need assistance with rent, utilities, or some other bill that they may be struggling to pay.
This year, “LifeWalk” is a virtual event. You can help us replenish our Evelyn Pruitt AIDS Financial Assistance Fund by purchasing raffle tickets this Sunday! Bill Martin, our Outreach Coordinator, will be in the narthex before and after services. Like most raffles, there are some great prizes to be had – it’s a win-win. Prism Health Care, Cathedral of Hope and YOU (if your ticket is drawn on October 3, 2021) are all winners, baby!!
Over the past few weeks Reverends Andria, Erin and Michael have all brought powerful words of hope and grace and I am looking forward to returning to the pulpit this Sunday as we continue speaking into our new sermon series, Breaking Rhythms. This Sunday I will explore “God’s purpose for Irritation!” In the book Breaking Old Rhythms (which our small groups are reading together), Amena Brown writes, “sometimes God is in the irritation, sometimes God likes to make us uncomfortable. God knows that irritation, frustration, even pain and discomfort make our lives and our prayers more honest.”
I do hope that you will join me as we explore where we are in our own rhythm. Together we can learn something from both ancient and modern writers who have come to know that God is present in our life of rhythm and discover where God might be using “irritation” to bring us to a place what God might want us to be: at the end of ourselves, and at the beginning of new life with Christ.
Can’t wait to worship with you all in person or online. See you Sunday!