e-letter 3/22/19

I am a “follower of trends.” I like to keep up, even haphazardly, with pop-culture and what folks think is “in.” It seems that recently, the use of slogan-ed items is “in”. Whether it is a graphic tee shirt, coffee mug, or a sign that hangs above your door, all of us have these graphic-printed items in our lives. I am not immune! I have many graphic printed coffee mugs. Two weeks ago, in Traditional worship, I showed you a sign that was in my kitchen in seminary that said, “All I need is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.” Currently, there’s a sign in my kitchen that says, “Life is short — dance in the kitchen.” I have definitely bought into this trend!

 

I think some of our desire to use this type of art, clothing, or household item is to say who we are. If we put a Bible verse on our wall, we announce that we’re Christian. If you carry a mug with your company or church’s logo on it, you announce that you’re a member of that organization. Through my kitchen signs, you have learned that I have an affinity for coffee and dancing in my kitchen. It is a way of saying, “This is me! Bless it.”
 

This week we’re continuing our sermon series on Restored, and the title of the chapter in Tom Berlin’s book and our sermon is “Bless This Mess.” Sound familiar? I have seen that sign, t-shirt, and coffee mug! And in hanging it, we’re saying, “This is me — messy, imperfect. Bless it.” This sign is endearing over a playroom or in a house with busy or creative folks. You are messy, and we love you (because so are we). But this week, we’ll talk about how we often hang that sign on our hearts and lives. We say, “Jesus, bless this mess. We don’t really want to do anything to fix it.”

 

As a part of that, we’ll read the story of the man who had been sick by the pool for a long time. Jesus approaches him in the midst of the crowd and says, “Do you want to be made well?” We’ll talk about what a silly question this seems to be — but how often we say no! We hang our “bless this mess,” signs on the doors of our lives and leave it at that, answering no to Jesus’s persistent question about whether or not we want to be made well.

 

We continue to hear throughout the season of Lent that this restoration work is big, difficult, and messy, but that God is dedicated to doing it with us. Whatever signs we have on our hearts and lives, God continues to ask and inquire if we want to be made well. This is a gift. We can continue to celebrate the restoration God has done in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as we journey together through Lent.

We are excited to continue that work with you this Sunday!
See you in worship,
Pastor Allee