I'm working on tomorrow's sermon, though I've been living it for the last ten days. The Gospel of Matthew is the Gospel reading, 18:15-20: "Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there."
Jesus is alive and well in a church in northeastern North Carolina, where I've been called to be interim pastor as an openly gay Presbyterian pastor in a long term, partnered, relationship. Between the good Christian people I am working with and serving, Jesus is there. The Spirit of Christ flows through the lives of the many who come and are "church" with each other.
Something strange and wonderful is happening in this world, in spite of some of the politics of this land: God is doing a new thing as we all live honestly and openly with each other.
The Scripture/Gospel verse preaches well all by itself: "Two or three, gathered, Jesus name."
These Are the Trans People Killed in 2017 -
5 hours ago