Invisible walls? Rev. Love began her sermon on Sunday by telling us about the invisible fourth wall that exists in the theater and separates the fictional characters on stage from the real world of the audience on the other side. Being myself totally void of thespian talent I hadn’t considered this before. She expanded on the analogy and talked about the invisible walls that separate us from each other — and from God. She explained that Jesus’ message to the world was that we must vanquish these barriers and think of all of people as one people of God. Citing scripture she explained that prayer is the way to remove the invisible wall that is keeping us from God. Ask and you shall receive.
This will be my last memo until after the mid-year meeting on August 28th. Donald and I will be away for a couple of weeks in the middle of August with family and friends in Iceland. I want to leave you with a concern that I have about another invisible wall.
Our new hybrid environment has many advantages but it does seem to me that there is such a wall between the members in the sanctuary and those at home. Technology can only do so much to bring us together. We are a congregational family and that means that we count on our participation to keep the church vibrant — to keep the ship afloat. The folks who attend regularly in person have done well in providing worship support, bringing or requesting flowers, greeting, and reading scripture. But we must not expect them to do these things all of the time. We need and wish more of you to return in person if and when you can. We need your participation and, equally importantly, we would love to see you back among us on the sanctuary side of the invisible wall.
Until next time,