From Our Pastors: September 1

Rev. Megan Berkowitz

Rev. Amy Clark Feldman

Pastor Berkowitz – September 1, 2023

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then God said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

Exodus 3:1-5

A reminder that we will not gather for worship this Sunday. If you’d like to attend a service, our siblings at FBC Newton and United Parish of Auburndale will each gather at 10am. Of course, many of you are traveling, spending time with family, or otherwise busy during this last long weekend of summertime. That’s why this is a great opportunity to practice worshiping in place. After all, God’s presence is always with us, and when we recognize it, we know that wherever we are we are standing on holy ground.

Worshiping in place might look like watching a favorite worship service on our website, sitting on the porch listening to hymns, or reading a Psalm as the sun rises (or sets). It might mean opening up a conversation with a friend about how your faith has been grounding you or how you hope to grow your faith. Maybe you want to observe the birds, trees, and other more-than-human beings as they worship in their own ways. Wherever you are, I hope you’ll pause for a moment to praise God, to thank God, to ask God for the needs that are on your heart – to worship and know that you are on holy ground.

And then, I hope you’ll plan to spend the whole morning in worship and celebration together in our community the following Sunday, September 10th! Our Welcome Sunday festivities will include worship, sunday school, lunch, games, and maybe a few surprises. I look forward to seeing you then!

In Christ’s peace,