I want to begin this morning by thanking our reader for today, Robert Trenary, for selecting and for sharing those two really powerful readings, the one from the Palestinian poet, and the one from the Israeli poet, from the Hebrew scriptures, the book of Lamentations. Both of them are so very timely for what is happening right now in the Middle East.
As most of you know, I conclude my Homily every Sunday with the word Namaste. And I still laugh about this – one of our church members, Greg Plowe, said that when he first started coming to this church, he thought I was ending my homily saying, “Have a nice day.” But the word namaste, it's a really beautiful ancient Sanskrit word. And what it means is, “The light in me, recognizes and honors the light in you.” Isn't that beautiful?
Our scripture readings this morning are not from today's lectionary. They were specially chosen for today's service, because as we mentioned at the top of the service today, we're celebrating Stewardship Sunday here at Douglas UCC. Now, believe it or not, in the nearly 10 years that I've been the pastor here, I have never once given a talk from this pulpit about stewardship.
Our scripture readings this morning do not come from today's lectionary. These readings were specially chosen for today's service because they speak to change, and to calling.
Our words of integration and guidance this morning come from a book called Stewards of Eden. And if you've been coming to church the past few Sundays, you know we've been focusing each Sunday on the theme of Stewardship. Last Sunday was our campus stewardship meeting. And the four Sundays prior to that different people from our congregation came up here to speak about the importance of stewardship, of being good stewards of this church.