And now the national healing begins. I pray it will begin in the houses of Congress and in the halls of the White House and in Manhattan and Chappaqua.
If they could come, I'd invite President Obama, President-Elect Trump, Secretary Clinton, Speaker Ryan, Senator Sanders, and others to Central this weekend.
Wouldn't it be great to see them standing side-by-side in our parking lot tomorrow, watching them sand boards together that will become beds for children in our school district who don't have them? Wouldn't it be great to see them singing God's praises beside each other or holding hands in prayer on Sunday? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to point to them and say to our children, "Those are role models" (instead of saying, "Please don't talk like they do").
We can pray that our leaders are moving toward one another. We can also show them how. We can show them what it's like when people with differing political views lay those aside and pick up boards in the name of Jesus or join their voices in song to honor God.
We're honored to have Rev. Tom Pietila, Central's Pastor Emeritus, preaching in the sanctuary this Sunday and Rev. Derrick Cattenhead in The Well. Both will be preaching from Luke 21:5-19. I hope you'll be here to join hands in service at the Build-A-Bed Workday on Saturday (Irby St. Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m.) and join hearts in praise on Sunday.
Thank you to all who have already prayerfully considered how you will invest your time, talent, and treasure in 2017. Please remember that our goal is to have all the stewardship materials returned by Sunday. Thank you for returning the packets and for putting your heart sticker on a poster in The Commons as a sign of what has your heart or where you want your heart to be.
Let's be the church that we want to invite others into.