First, may I say a big thank you to all those who helped, supported, volunteered last weekend with so many PRIDE events. It was inspirational to see so many of us staffing our two booths at the festival and over 100 of us marching today in the parade on Sunday. We had a very good response to our presence and we, once again, witnesses to the amazing love of God.
Last Sunday was Pentecost and we welcomed the presence of the Holy Spirit among us. We reminded ourselves of the fear that had gripped the early disciples and followers of Jesus and how the Spirit fell afresh on them – sending them out of a locked room and into the marketplace where each heard the message of Jesus in their own language.
Fear is something that many of us grapple with. Real or unrealized, it can be overwhelming and paralyzing. I know that recent times have raised the anxiety and fear levels in many of us and I want you to know that this church is ready to stand with and for our LGBTQ+ siblings and speak words of compassion, love, and acceptance – to speak the words of Jesus to all. Our current sermon series. “Open Doors” echoes this theme as we spend this month celebrating PRIDE. This Sunday’s sermon title is “Safe Spaces” and we will give thanks for the many spaces, throughout history in which we have felt “safe”.
We will also remember how some of those spaces have been violated. We will recommit ourselves to making a safe place for all people here at Cathedral of Hope. We cannot forget the many who have lost their lives in acts of violence; LGBTQ+ people who have been targets of violence and two of our own congregation who, this past week, have experienced vandalism at their home in Corsicana. These acts bread fear and while we are reminded that “perfect love casts out all fear”, we are better able to make this true and real when we come together.
That is why I am inviting you to join me this Sunday at Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. We are better together, and we can face anything when we stand alongside one another in love and solidarity. I do hope that you will join me again this Sunday at 8:30am, 10am, 11:45am and 1:30pm.
You will be glad you did!
Sincerely, in Christ