A Letter to The Church

We recently wrapped up an eight week study of Rachel Held Evans book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. (I cannot recommend this thoughtful and delightful book enough!) Each week we met and prayed and discussed what we had read. We also wrestled and wondered and shared openly and honestly our own Bible stories, things we believe with all our hearts and things we are not quite sure we believe at all. It was a generous and kind circle to be in and I am so grateful to have been a part of it.

During our final session, we talked about Paul’s letters to the early church and wondered what such a letter, written to this church, our church, might be like. We each wrote one sentence to create just such a letter and I am happy to share it with you now.

Grace and Peace to you, Laurel Heights United Methodist Church:       

May your season of Advent and waiting fill you with anticipation. May the eve of Christmas fill you with Joy, Hope and Peace. May Christmastide and Epiphany renew your faith.

Slow down and be kind. Listen. Listen!

Say yes to opportunities for service and keep showing up.

Do all you can to include everyone, even if it is uncomfortable.

Do not be concerned with appearances and numbers but focus on growing your hearts in love for each other and the world.

Don’t hold back, love lavishly, welcoming all.

Greet each other with a heartfelt and joyous welcome.

Listen for the sounds of little children in worship and enjoy their enthusiasm.

Be a loving church and welcome everyone into worship and into our community.

Let all that you do be done in love.

Grace and peace,

Laura Healy