Plenty for Everyone But this week, NOT at 10 AM
*They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. - Genesis 3*
*And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces. - Luke 9*
This Sunday, we plan to do things a little differently.
There will be NO REGULAR SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10 AM.
Instead, we will all gather at 7 PM to celebrate a longstanding tradition at the Church on the Common; a Service of Baccalaureate, to which we have invited the members of the graduating lass of 2015 at Craftsbury Academy. Those class members who choose to join us will be honored and blessed by our community - not simply our church community, but all comers.
What might we offer to such a gathering as a spiritual community that respects religious and cultural diversity. Young people finishing their time in high school will have no lack of advice and counsel at this time. Some of this counsel is well offered; some is kind of off the shelf. Many of the old clichés find voice at such times. Even most clichés have some grounding in truth.
But a spiritual community might presume to offer something that our wider culture doesn't often tell its young people;
There is plenty for everyone.
This idea has found voice in virtually every enduring spiritual tradition on Earth. And it has always challenged the culture that often -and insistently - instructs us to "grab for all we can get because it's a tough world out there." We are always looking for more, a trait that the Book of Genesis tells us was a problem even for Adam and Eve.
But what if we really don't need more? Could we be creative and energetic - and even searching - if we started with the blessed truth that there is plenty for everyone.
Gather and share this word with the young folks who will be with us tomorrow evening.
It makes life so much better.
Sabbath blessings - even at 7 PM on the Sabbath - AFP