Dear Ones,

As creatures of comfort, we like routine that isn’t called into question. Behaviors and practices become institutionalized. Church is a perfect example.

We come at 10 am. We sing, we pray, we hear a word, and we’re off to brunch by 11 am if the preacher isn’t long winded. We like the places we sit. We like the decor as it is. We like….

These past years have challenged our comfort levels. We have had to modify and change our processes in order to keep on keepin’ on. Our habitus has been disrupted, expectations reexamined, and our imaginations exercised.

We have had to rethink and reform. Be it COVID or the flooding of the sanctuary. Painful opportunities to do something differently and show resilience.

As Reformation Sunday approaches, let us meditate upon what changes we at Island United can embrace to better serve each other and the community at large. God says, “See, I am making all things new.” Martin Luther said, “We have to make a change.”

Reformation, renovation, reinvigoration, reemergence, restoration. These beautiful things don’t happen just once; they are a continuum.

Brent and I continue to be in isolation through this next week. We miss you terribly but will see you on Zoom as many of you continue to join together in the sanctuary or Zoom as well.

All love,
Rev. Michael Cronin

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