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It was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, “For God is good, for God's steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud.
                                                -- 2 Chronicles 5:13

If we close our eyes and imagine sitting in our sanctuary together, we might just hear Peter Sykes’ triumphant organ and our glorious choir singing.  Each organ pipe and each voice offering one note at a time, blended together in an exquisite and soaring harmony.  We feel our hearts beating to the rhythm as our lungs fill with a spirit of joy and gratitude.

In our scripture verse for today, we witness the dedication of Solomon’s temple roughly three thousand years ago -- a grand celebration with glorious music.  This temple was a fulfillment of God’s promise to King David.  Up until this point, the Israelites had not ever known a stationary temple. They had only worshipped in portable tents as they wandered across the land. 

We have experienced the opposite:  we are missing the stationary temple we have had, and instead are scattered across the land.  Our phones, computers and tablets are now our portable tents, with which we connect to God and to each other.  Even in the midst of this upheaval, we continue to gather with God’s cloud above and among us, guiding us through these uncertain times.  The good news is that these past eight months have reminded us that although worship and our gatherings may be different, we can return to God from wherever we are.  We can gather as a community right from our living rooms or kitchen counters to pray and be in fellowship together.  It is the gift of this community that makes our many remote temples possible, and promises our return to our stationary temple with an expanded understanding of what is possible in our new and emerging world.

In the midst of this uncertainty, we know this year has looked vastly different for each of us financially.  Some of us find ourselves stretched

thin, while some of us find ourselves with extra income or reduced expenses.  As is true every year, it is the participation in our stewardship campaign that matters.  Giving together.  Setting up the discipline of a monthly donation, or stretching to give a bit more, or making a sacrificial gift, so that we as a community of faith can do more.  This week, as you reflect on the pledge you’ve already made, or prepare to make your pledge of financial support for 2021, we invite you to:

Wherever you are, nearby or distant, we invite you to pledge with us as you are able, sounding the trumpets and singing praise to God - giving together - and trusting that God will continue to work through us for what is right, just and good in this world.

The Stewardship Committee & Friends
Stephen Weller, Susie Longfield, Robb Morgan, Nancy O’Connell, Chris Reynolds,
Jaz Buchanan, Karen McArthur & Dan Smith
Instructions for entering your 2021 Pledge online.
Upcoming dates:
Sunday, November 15: 11am Stewardship Sunday: The Parable of the Talents
Sunday, November 22: 11am Thanksgiving & Pledge Dedication Sunday
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