Happy Summer! As I write, it is the longest day that has the longest span of daylight of the year. Starting tomorrow, each day will get a bit shorter – and it’s all downhill from there until December, when we start all over again. But for today, Summer is a comin’ in! Check out this musical rendition of “Sumer is Icumen in” (The Hilliard Ensemble) on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMCA9nYnLWo&feature=emshare_video_user

The readings for this Sunday – and many of the summer Sundays – may challenge some of our assumptions; they definitely give us a lot to think about! You can read it all at: www.lectionarypage.net. Just click on the calendar for the date.

As is often the case, it is the collect for this week that helps me find some perspective and direction as I continue my journey.

Let us pray:
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your lovingkindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I will be away the next couple of weeks for vacation, being refreshed and renewed at my house in rural Pennsylvania. No doubt, I will spend much of my time letting Phoebe and Grace, my two cats, in and out and in and out. As my friend Phil Watters would say, “Cats are always on the wrong side of the door.”

Worship will continue as ever, but on the Summer schedule – Holy Eucharist with hymns at 9:00 am. Anita will be in the office on a slightly modified schedule. For pastoral emergencies, please check the church voicemail or contact Lynn Logg or Lori Wolfe, our wardens. May the loving-kindness of God be ever present for all of us.

Peace and blessing,
Carol+