Hello and welcome those of you who went away for the summer or have arrived for the first time! This month we debut the theme of "Promise" and for today we will explore the promises we make and perhaps need to reconsider. We will also look at our congregational history of "covenant," a promise to "walk together" in love. We will enjoy a Story for all Ages from our Director of Religious Education, Meredith, the choir will sing, and our offering will be collected for Interfaith Business Builders (IBB), a Cincinnati employee owned, cooperative business venture. Our janitorial service is a project of IBB.
Our Jewish friends will be celebrating the High Holy Days this week, and the final day of the holiday, Yom Kippur, the "Day of Atonement." During this holiday community members reflect on individual and collective wrongdoing and make amends as they are able. Inspired by this holiday we will consider our wrongdoings and broken promises. Do you need to apologize to anoyone? Yourself? The choir will sing.
Self-renewal is one of the most challenging tasks any of us will undertake. It seems much easier to "fix" or blame other situation, people, things. It takes courage to realize a personal weakness or problem. It takes vulnerability and resolve to do something positive about it. How can we do the work and begin again in love? What help will we need to make a change and chart a new course? What could be waiting for us if we do so? We will recognize our kindergartners as they begin on their journey of formal education.