I am always so excited for summer’s arrival, to depart from regular routines, to live outside a bit more. I am equally excited to say goodbye to summer, I am ready for routines to return and for autumnal blue skies. I always love the color of leaves changing, the smell of pumpkins, visiting apple orchards, and even back-to-school shopping. But, for me the most comforting part of fall is that return to routine. Having a predictable rhythm to our days offers security. And, as you do when a “new year” begins, I find myself considering how we want to being this (school) year anew. What do we want as part of our daily routines? What do we want in our weekly routines? How will we achieve that allusive balance? How will we make time for all the things we want to do? How will we make time for each other? What activities will invigorate us? What things will offer us renewal? What will offer time for connection?
We often talk about how we are called to be the hands of God in the world.
We talk about how we might follow Jesus’ example in our daily lives; embracing opportunities to serve one another and our greater communities. We strive to understand love as a verb.
Last week, our kindergartners and first graders worked hard to make May Day baskets. This Sunday, they’ll walk a few blocks from church to a nearby senior living cooperative where they’ll deliver the May Day baskets to church members who are residents there. We do this with different groups of kids each season, and highlights are consistently getting to peer into the apartments and visit with the seniors. This is a simple way to begin connections and relationships. It’s a simple way to lead our kids in serving. Taking time to notice one another – to do something special and kind and thoughtful for our neighbors – this is one way we can be God’s hands in the world. We are grateful for teachers who give of their time to help make these experiences possible.
At Minnehaha, we celebrate who we are as individuals, as a community, as children of God.
We celebrate through music & worship; through meals & play; through quiet moments & crazy ones.
We know that these celebrations are as much a chance for connection as are seeking and serving together.
We know that these celebrations fill our cups and help us to be the hands of God in the world.
We know that these celebrations are a crucial part of our faith life.
I was about to write that spring is a wonderful time to celebrate. And, it is.
But, there are things to celebrate about every season, aren’t there?
Just as there are struggles and challenges – there are reasons for us to hope.
What do you find hope in? What do your children? Can we let them guide us in our celebrations? In finding true joy in seeing the first flowers of spring, of jumping in mud, in pajama parties, and pillow forts, and time together?
A week from Sunday at Minnehaha – Earth Day, we’ll live into our hope as we plant seeds to nurture for our Minnehaha garden. We’ll celebrate the promise of spring, and our opportunity to care for creation.
We hope you will join us in celebrating – and if you jump in a mud puddle on the way in or spot a blooming flower – please be sure to let us know so we can join in the joy!
You may hear “We Seek, We Serve, We Celebrate” a lot at Minnehaha. It’s part of our mission statement. So, as we plan our programming year, we ask ourselves what are we doing in each of these areas. How is Minnehaha helping people to do each of these things? Because seeking, serving, celebrating – these are all important aspects of our spiritual journey; these are all important aspects of growing a community.
We are thankful for our amazing Sunday School volunteers, who give their time each week to prepare lessons and lead the children & youth of Minnehaha in seeking. We are thankful for our wonderful music volunteers who engage our the children through music, and help them learn the power of connection and story as they prepare songs to share with us. We are thankful for Pastor Becky’s sermons, and all those people who put work into making our worship services a time for us to discover God.
We also are blessed here at Minnehaha to have opportunities to learn more about the world. To seek beyond our walls, and beyond our comfort zones. Through our Who Is My Neighbor ministry, we’ve learned more about the Somali immigrant community in Minneapolis. We’ve got to participate in breaking the fast during Ramadan, and to share stories, meals, and spend time together in community with our Somali neighbors. Next week, we’re excited to be offering a chance to join in with a tour at the Somali Museum of Minnesota – the only Somali museum in the world! Families are invited to join us for a tour at 2pm. The cost is $9/adult and $7/child or senior. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Jenia at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 13th.