First, a reminder that our summer worship schedule begins this Sunday with services at 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. through Labor Day weekend. We return to our normal schedule September 10th.
Second, there are still a few spaces left for our pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine in the latter half of October. Click here for detailed information and video describing this experience. I never tire of these trips given how deeply affecting they are, how inspiring and challenging, and how profoundly encouraging for anyone attempting to follow the path Jesus blazed. We provide a completely customized experience that locates the historic sites in a contemporary context, which heightens awareness of how faith and life link together. You may know that Christ Church has sponsored these pilgrimages every 18 to 24 months, but at the moment we don’t have another calendared, which means, this is your opportunity. Please join me and 20 or so fellow pilgrims for a fantastic spiritual adventure.
Third, a first summer book recommendation: Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott. With her usual pithy, deeply insightful, and profoundly humane manner, she explains that it is mercy—the promise to offer and receive relief and forgiveness—that lies at the heart of all great faith traditions and our own spiritual identity. Never flinching from addressing the hard questions and vexing problems, she reveals the importance of mercy in our lives, the extraordinary power it can have if we welcome it, and the unexpected value of sharing it with others and with ourselves.
I’ll return to topic next week, but please make note of these opportunities for exercising your faith muscles: regular worship, pilgrimage, & study.