Summer, 2018 Pastor’s Message

More Light, More Truth

Pastor John Robinson, an inspiration for and leader of a number of those "pilgrims" who traveled first from England, then the Netherlands to what is now Massachusetts, sent those refugees to this land off with a farewell speech that intoned, "I am verily persuaded the Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from His holy word." Robinson is also considered one of the founders of the Congregational Church--one of the precursor traditions to the United Church of Christ.

In our latitude we are in the meteorological season of "more light": these glorious days of late spring into summer where our exposure to the warmth and light of the sun is greatest. I am always thankful for these blessedly longer and often warmer days.

In this particular season of "more light" I am also still reveling in the glow of how much light we have been blessed to share with the people of Puerto Rico through our drive for funds to share portable, waterproof, inflatable solar-powered lanterns. Nearly 850 lanterns are now in the hands of people in great need of light. More light indeed! Thanks be to God.

As we power toward the marking of the fourth anniversary of our shared ministry as the pastor and people called East Church (August is that special month) I am keenly aware of the movement of God's Holy Spirit among us--in wind and breath and fire and light--leading us, inspiring us, urging us--to be "verily persuaded the Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from His holy word."

More truth. More light. God is still speaking. God is still living. God is still moving. God is still calling. God is still with us, among us, in us.

Hymn writer and congregational layperson George Rawson based the text of the mid-nineteenth-century hymn, We Limit Not the Truth of God (found in The New Century Hymnal (our black ones) at no. 316) on John Robinson's inspirational words. I share the first verse of that hymn as a prayer for each of us and all of us as we recharge ourselves in this season of more light.

We limit not the truth of God to our poor reach of mind,
to notions of our day and place, crude, partial, and confined;
No, let a new and better hope within our hearts be stirred:
O God, grant yet more light and truth to break forth from your Word.

May it indeed be so!

Pastor Shelly

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