Thursday, May 27, 2010

Trinity Sunday

This Sunday, we celebrate Trinity Sunday--an occasion for remembering and honoring our God who exists in relationship from the beginning.

Holy Trinity
Originally uploaded by Lawrence OP

We'll read from Proverbs 8, in which we hear the voice of holy Wisdom, calling out to us in the middle of the city. She beautifully describes how she was the first thing birthed from God, and how she was at his side as the whole creation was crafted. And, the best part: she and God delighted in creation, together.

It's so much better to share things with others than to keep them to ourselves, isn't it?

Many interpret this character--holy Wisdom--as being the same that the Gospel of John describes with the name "Word." With God from the beginning, God's Word becomes flesh in Jesus Christ.

We give thanks for a God who's always been in relationship--who's being is interrelationship in the holy trinity.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Picnic: May 30

1950's Gulf Coast Picnic
Originally uploaded by Patrick Q
We hope you'll join us for a Memorial Day weekend Water's Edge Potluck Picnic!

At the Old Trolley Barn Park, just up the hill from the church in University Heights.
Directly after worship on Sunday, May 30.

It's a potluck, so bring something to share, and chairs or a blanket to sit on.
(We'll bring some drinks and plates and things--though if you're really cool, you'll bring your own washable plates and utensils...)
Oh, and bring some games to share, too--a frisbee, croquet, Apples to Apples, whatever.

Everyone's welcome--it'll be a great chance to get to know each other better and enjoy a beautiful day in San Diego.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

left behind

First off, an apology: this dear blog has been too often left behind in our worship preparations lately. I'm sorry.

But, it's been a fine time at the Water's Edge in this Season of Easter, as we follow stories of the earliest church through the acts of the apostles (in the book of Acts, appropriately enough) and as we listen to the Revelation of John. Each has told wild stories: healings, conversions, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it kind of stuff.

The lion came to take it's throne, and turned out to be a lamb, undoing our whole system of expectations and challenging the idea of what's powerful in our world (and beyond).

Agnus Dei
Originally uploaded by tracX

We have one more week of this wild stuff. And it's a perfect time to pray and discern about a vision for our own time and place. As we dream of what God is calling us to, as a congregation together in this place and time, I trust that something remarkable will become possible, and ask you to be in prayer and discernment with me.

I believe that something special is happen at the Water's Edge--our community is rich, with a diversity of people who seek to follow the world-changing, life-transforming way of Jesus Christ. We have something to offer this world in need.

I encourage you to pray about what God is inviting us to next--how we're called to change or grow or strengthen ourselves as we seek to be faithful, together.

And then join in conversation--comment here, talk to each other, talk to me, talk to our planning team... We'll be blessed by your participation!

This week, Rev. Elbert is preaching, and we'll get all the way to the end of Revelation. We trust it'll be good. ;)

See you Sunday.