Acceptance

We went to East Congregational Church this morning. We decided to walk since the weather was lovely. We were greeted by the pastor at the door and several other persons. The worship was more formal, high church, traditional than I prefer, but my wife likes it that way. I found the worship to be satisfactory.

After all the difficulties I’ve had with churches, it isn’t easy for me to start with another church. However, I know two of the pastors, and their theological and social views are similar to mine. There are about 10 clergy that belong to this 800 member church, so I’ll be able to fit in without too much of a problem. They’re open to me. I’m open to them. I know a number of persons who attend East. It shouldn’t be too hard to adjust. Frankly there aren’t a lot of United Church of Christ congregations for me to choose from here since several have interim pastors and several are a bit conservative. I’ll make the best of it.

Learning to deal with what is and making the best of it is an important life skill. Sometimes it’s the best we can hope for. It’s kind of like the Serenity Prayer, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

Peace,

Steve


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