Summer Worship Service 10 A.M. (June 19th - September 4th)
After September 4th, We Resume Our Regular Sunday Schedule:
Informal Communion Service at 9 A.M. Christian Education at 10 A.M. Traditional Worship at 11 A.M.
Message from Pastor Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,
Baton Rouge, LA, the coup attempt in Turkey, Nice France, Dallas, TX, Orlando, FL in one month. Our world seems to be in unrest and infested with violence. It becomes almost overwhelming when you look at gun violence statistics like those found here which reports that there has been 60 mass shootings in the U.S. in just the five weeks since Orlando.
As I said in church this past Sunday, our world at times can seem like a bad place, a mad place, a sad place. Barbara Johnson in her wonderfully titled book, "Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life" writes, "the rain may fall on the just and also the unjust, but chiefly on the just, because the unjust steals the just's umbrella." There is no question that as our world feels like its spinning out of control, it can appear that the bad guys are winning. As the Old Testament prophet, Amos, wrote, that there is a famine on the land, "not of bread or water, but of hearing the word of God." (Amos 8:11) This was Amos' fear 2500 years ago, and its the fear of many people still today. The question for the Israelites then, and for us today is how are we going to respond.
What can we do? We can pray - yes, crying out in pain, but also crying out in hope. And we have to not just pray, we need to also embody those prayers with lives which shine with compassion, love, and peace. Our United Methodist Bishop for Louisiana, Cynthia Fierro Harvey reminded us all that in the midst of violence around the world we are called to be "a voice for peace, a voice for love, remembering that love casts out all fear."
This day, this year, like every day and every year, each of us will be faced with choices about how we will live our lives. Our church will be faced with decisions about how it will live out its calling. Those choices come when everything seems to be going our way, and those choices come when everything seems to not be going our way. Through it all - God will be there, and Christ will be calling us to follow - casting out fear, and letting our voice be heard for peace and love.
See you in church (this summer on Sundays at 10am through Labor Day Weekend!).
Yours in Christ
Rev Herb Taylor Pastor
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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