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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:18

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Dear friends:

I hope that June finds you well. Can you believe the school year is now over? Our church calendar following the life of Jesus – his life, teachings, death, resurrection and sending the Holy Spirit is complete too. We have just celebrated Pentecost, the giving of the Spirit. One of the amazing things about Pentecost is that a group of rightfully scared people became so on fire for the mission of God that they saw revealed in Jesus. They became so on fire that they underwent tremendous persecution as they spread the Good News: God loves and welcomes all people and desires justice and wholeness for all. The Spirit empowers us to live out the love that Jesus’ life and teachings embodied. We focus on the transformation that God offers to each of us individually and to our faith community and we focus on how we live that out to bring wholeness to our communities. We all know that we have a major culture shift away from regular worship attendance. We all know that our culture less frequently engages in live communal events. [Really, sports, then music, then, maybe, church services, theater, etc. are the activities that we seem to do at the same time together via a later recording or podcast. Or is that just me?] BTW, that is one reason that the church worship services are available on YouTube: via the little button on our website (www.jaxucc.org) or www.youtube.com/channel/UCn8r-xvn- 41NP9jBc4cp74Q On the one hand, that might show a rise in individualism as well as a rise in technological possibilities. Yet I think people remain hungry for community. People remain hungry for a message of love and hope. And our world remains hungry for the passion of mission-oriented communities. I invite you to think about and then to share with me and others what your vision for God’s church is. How can you, how can I, how can we touch people in community with God’s love? How can we work for a more just world for all people? What should our mission focus be? What stirs your heart? I cannot wait to hear how you hear the call to something greater.

In God’s peace, Pastor Lynn



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