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This past Sunday, my message was about our future being dependent not on individual survival, but on commonality – all needing one another. What we build, what we strengthen together is what determines the future, of our society, and of our church.


I read a piece from the late Rev. Ernest Campbell, who was at one time Sr. Pastor of the progressive cathedral church, Riverside Church in New York City. Here is the piece:


“To be young is to study in schools you did not build. To be mature is to build schools in which you will not study. To be young is to swim in pools you did not dig. To be mature is to dig pools in which you will not swim. To be young is to sit under trees you did not plant. To be mature is to plant trees under which you will not sit. To be young is to dance to music you did not write. To be mature is to write music to which you will not dance. To be young is to benefit from a church you did not make. To be mature is to make a church from which you might not benefit.”


Our faith calls us to set self-interest aside, to look at a bigger picture. Caring for one another, as God asks of us, is not only to see the marginalized, but also to care for those yet to come.


Peace be with you............. Jeannie


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