What Will be Happening in Church This Summer
Summer is a time to relax, slow down a bit, and maybe try a thing or two new and different. I know that many of you will be away vacationing part of the time. When you travel, look for opportunities to worship with other congregations. You may pick up ideas that will enrich our spiritual life here.
The Love We Share sermon series
During June, I will be delivering a special series of sermons on the subject: “The Love We Share.” (It turns out that I unconsciously borrowed this title from a song in a Disney animated movie about mermaids!) We will explore together how God’s love for us informs our love for each other, including sexual love, and how the church’s understanding of gender and sexual orientation and marriage has changed and continues to change. I understand that this remains an area of controversy in churches, and it is not my intention to sow discord, but it is important that we reflect together on certain issues as we strive to shape the mission of our new church. At least one of the sermons will include an opportunity for dialogue with the congregation, and if there is a felt need for more conversation and study, we certainly can arrange that as well.
Pentecost: Celebration of the Spirit
Sunday, June 4, the Day of Pentecost, we will be blessed by a special musical contribution by Justin Ramlall who plays the trombone. Come on time so you won’t miss his prelude.
Honoring our children and young people
Sunday, June 11 during worship we will honor our Sunday School teachers and students and celebrate the achievements of our young people who are completing another school term, graduating or otherwise distinguishing themselves.
Sunday, July 9 I will be in St. Louis, attending the bi-annual meeting of PCUSA people known as the “Big Tent.” The Rev. Mark Tammen, General Presbyter for Long Island, will be preaching at Massapequa. It has been awhile since Mark has been with us, so please take advantage of this opportunity to hear Mark’s presentation and to greet him.
Worship and Recreation in the Great Outdoors
Last summer the Gathering wrapped up its year by going outside. We shared a time of reflection and prayer at a nearby organic farm on a warm Sunday afternoon in late June. This year, the sessions are inviting all members and friends to a special outdoor worship service and picnic on Sunday, July 16. We will gather at 10 a.m. in Wantagh Park. The lunch is potluck. Our reservation allows us to stay as long as we wish through the afternoon, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy God’s creation and have fun together.
Our music and choir director, Wayne Dietrich, will be away the first three Sundays of July. Stella LaMassa and others will be arranging special musical contributions for worship that you won’t want to miss.
Lay Preachers in August
I will be away after Sunday August 6 until Labor Day weekend. For three Sundays you will be blessed by messages from members of our churches who have volunteered to preach in my absence. I am sorry I will miss these occasions, and if you are in town, you will really enjoy being in church on those Sabbaths.