We're going to begin this morning with a little bit of Show and Tell. This framed poster has been hanging in the foyer of our church for over a decade now. And it says “Welcome to a Progressive Christian Church.” And among the things it says on the poster is, “We are a church that welcomes all people, including agnostics, and questioning skeptics.”
Well, I became the pastor here in 2014. So it's been a little over eight years. And in that time, I have officiated more than a dozen memorial services here in the church, for church members who have died. And those services are always so sacred, so meaningful and so important. They're not only a way for us to honor and celebrate our loved one who has passed, but they also allow us to come together as a spiritual family, to support one another and to comfort one another during our time of grief. But you know, in all the years that I've been the pastor here, I've never once not one time, been asked to officiate a memorial service for a loved one who wasn't human.