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October 2014

posted Dec 18, 2014, 3:14 PM by Henry McTague

Dearest Friends in Faith,

Ah, October – crisp apples (or apple crisp), the brilliance of autumn foliage, and the inevitable movement toward the winter months.  However, fall also seems to bring with it a new energy and a distinctly different pace from the hectic days of summer.  Thinking about this brings to mind the words of Eccliastes 3 – that there is a time and a purpose for every season under Heaven.  And I believe that the season has now come for the congregation of Lee Church Congregational, UCC to engage the work around the radical welcome of the Open and Affirming process.

The issues that First Church in Rochester has recently been dealing with have been, for me, a reminder of the challenges and truly hard work of being a disciple of Christ.  Jesus invites us all to “take up the cross and follow me.”  He did not mean that literally, but he certainly understood what the cost of discipleship, true discipleship, would be.  By claiming Jesus as the head of church and identifying ourselves as those who would follow his example of ministry, we are stating that newcomers and long-time friends alike will find our community a place of radical welcome and acceptance.  If we are to live this out in the witness of our lives together, it is necessary to have additional, and deeper, conversations about what this means, how will we offer the Christian hand of friendship to everyone who find their way to our doorstep, and perhaps most importantly, how will people know that we are a safe and welcoming community of faith.

Engaging this work will take time and patience and dedication.  It is the right thing to do and the time and season for beginning this leg of our journey is upon us.  May God guide us, through the presence of His Holy Spirit, as we undertake this work together.

Wishing you every blessing,

Pastor Gail