Pastor’s Pen July 2021
Dear Siblings in Christ, In 1883 American poet Emma Lazarus (1849–1887) wrote The New Colossus…
Dear Members and Friends:
What a joy it will be to serve you all Holy Communion at the rail beginning the weekend of 31 July and 1 August. Please be in prayer for all of us as we return to our traditional practice of receiving the Sacrament of the Altar.
Now We Join in Celebration:
Now we join in celebration
at our Savior’s invitation,
dressed no more in spirit somber,
clothed instead in joy and wonder;
for the Lord of all existence,
putting off divine transcendence,
stoops again in love to meet us,
with his very life to feed us.
Lord, as round this feast we gather,
fill our hearts with holy rapture!
For this bread and cup of blessing
are for us the sure possessing
of your loving deed on Calv’ry,
of your living self, our vict’ry,
pledge of your unfailing presence,
foretaste here of heav’nly gladness.
Lord, we share in this communion
as one fam’ly of God’s children,
reconciled through you, our brother,
one in you with God our Father.
Give us grace to live for others,
serving all, both friends and strangers,
seeking justice, love, and mercy
till you come in final glory.
God bless you,