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Sunday, September 19, 2021—Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

On my office wall hangs a mid-20th century painting of Jesus, presumably teaching, with children gathered around him. I rescued the image—rather, it called to me—from a pile of things gathering dust at an old Oakland church I used to work at. I was drawn to this picture (despite everyone being portrayed as European) because of how the artist captures the way those children were drawn to Jesus. When I look at it, I see myself as one of those children who felt welcomed by Jesus, who knew he cared for them, who just wanted to be near him.
This Sunday, we come to one of the texts that might have inspired thispainting, a text that illustrates how Jesus prioritized children in his ministry. Effectively, Jesus says that the way we treat children is a bellwether of the efficacy of our own ministry.
And so I wonder…what does it mean to prioritize children—all children, not just our own? Afterall, as Pastor Eric reflected this week, “Aren’t we allc hildren—whether a child of an earthly parent or a child of the Divine?”
Like the children pictured above, let’s draw near to Jesus as we round out the week and prepare to gather together this Sunday.

Rev. Todd Atkins-Whitley preaching from Mark 9:30–37
Music by John Kendall Bailey and the DCC Chancel Choir

Sunday, September 12, 2021—Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

We gather this Sunday for what will surely be a celebration. This Sunday, we will baptize not one, not two, but three (!!) people—two of our confirmation students and one new member! We will also celebrate and welcome seven new people into the life of the church through the rite of confirmation and welcome of new members.

Indeed, this Sunday will be a celebration, and as one young member of our community asked their parent this week,

“Mommy, is church in person again?”

Their mother responded, “Yes.”

And the young person said, “Oh good! I love it that way!”

Me too, kid. Me too.

Whether you join us in person or online, we look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Rev. Eric Sherlock preaching
Music by John Kendall Bailey

Sunday, September 5, 2021—Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Eric Sherlock preaching
Music by John Kendall Bailey
Time with Children: Pastor T & Marty