Well, I think I've shared with you before, a story about my late grandmother. My grandmother lived in a small, one-bedroom apartment above a carpet store in Queens, New York. And most Sunday afternoons, our entire extended family -- aunts, uncles, and cousins -- would cram into that little tiny apartment. And my grandmother would cook a big Italian feast for us. Although my grandmother was not a wealthy woman, there was always so much food, so much so that we all went home with leftovers. And my grandmother would say that Italian word "Abbondanza!", which means “abundance.”
Well, if you were with us last Sunday, you know that I mentioned that this past week, I was so honored and proud to serve as a delegate at the UCC National Synod. The National Synod is a biennial gathering of all the 5,000 UCC churches in the United States. This year, it was held virtually, but it was still so meaningful. And at this past week's Synod, we as a denomination passed several very important resolutions. In the coming weeks, I am looking forward to sharing those resolutions with you. But one of the resolutions that we passed this week was that we as a denomination, commit ourselves to becoming a “Church of Contemplatives in Action.”
Well as most of you know, our Director of Music, Peter Black, and our special musicians do such an amazing job every week at choosing and selecting songs that match and enhance our lectionary readings for each Sunday. But as we just heard, the Gospel reading from today's lectionary, which I just read for you, is all about the beheading of John the Baptist. And we really don't want to be singing songs about beheadings, do we?
Well, in a couple of weeks, I'm so excited that I will be representing our church and our denomination at the UCC National Synod. The Synod is a biennial national gathering of all the 5,000 UCC churches in the United States. And I'm so honored that this year I have been selected as one of the synod delegates.