I've spent the last week at my denomination's annual conference, and my brain is deep into themes of unity and reconciliation. In one of our worship times, we were asked to turn to the people next to us and say, "I need you." The same is true here; without you, my Saturday sermon prep time would be much less hopeful and entertaining!
At General Synod, we welcomed each other with loving words (sometimes the first spoken between us in years). Here, I welcome you with the great virtual table, spread with nourishment of all kinds: an egg casserole, cranberry muffins, and of course, the required endless flow of coffee. Come in, sit down, relax, converse; our house doesn't always look like this - sometime it's even worse! Oops, that was a sign on the wall of my family's cabin. Come in nonetheless, and join in the weekly discussion. We're here, to lend assistance, encouragement, and humor, and most of all to listen.
Come, Holy Spirit, and meet us as we prepare.