September 2020 Newsletter

We don’t know if we are at the beginning of the end of this COVID journey, or the end of the beginning of this COVID journey. But we DO know that Christ is always beckoning us toward new life, for ourselves in our present struggles, and for the whole world that God so loves. Following Jesus is about life made new, life resurrected, a journey toward glory now and everlastingly….

August 2020 Newsletter

"The pandemic has scattered us from our communal rituals. But that isn’t where our journey should end.

….Jesus gathered people (especially around tables), but he also scattered them. Early in the Gospels, Jesus sent his newly recruited disciples out to heal and cast out demons. They didn’t have much in the way of supplies, and in two accounts, they’re sent not in pairs, but entirely alone."

July 2020 Newsletter

Jesus was certainly a naturalist. He observed patterns in nature, and saw the interconnectedness between plants, trees, birds, ecology and brought these observations into his teachings and parables. Often Jesus taught in small, intimate times of field-trip-like experiences, using nature to teach about God and God's kingdom. Pilgrim seeks to emulate these experiences along with our study of four parables during the month of July.

June 2020 Newsletter

This extraordinary journey continues, each step along the way carrying us on paths we never imagined, even as our liturgical season on this side of the Day of Pentecost is called “ordinary time.” Nothing ordinary about these days. So, we’re offering a special frame at the beginning of our journey through “ordinary time,” with a worship series focused on hope in this month of June, inviting us into the extraordinary nature of these days.

May 2020 Newsletter

I know that our own losses and the needs of so many in our communities are of many kinds in these days. Together we are finding ways to talk and pray together about these things. I know also that it can be a challenge to claim the limitlessness of faith right now. We will seek to explore the good news of the risen Christ and our present faith journeys of sorrow and love in the Easter sermon series upcoming, with this frame: “Staying Home, Healing Widely.” Together, we will reflect on longing, wayfinding, connecting, and changing, in the context of some of the scripture texts of this Easter season. I agree with Pastor Everhart: “Our work is ever before us, the work of tending the body of Christ…. We will be surprised when that work turns out to be something different than what we prepared for, on a scope we have not yet conceived.”

Music is not cancelled. It will just sound a little different for a while. Church is not cancelled. Worship will just look a little different for a while. Relationships will not be cancelled. They will just feel a little different for a while. Faith will not be cancelled. It will just grow in different ways for a while. Love will not be cancelled. In fact, we will need more of it for a while. Grace and peace be with you all as we find our way in this new wilderness.

— Tom Trenney

March 2020

People are listening for our stories: about what happens in this faith community and the difference it makes, as well as our stories of why we are a part of a church, this church, and this ancient and boldly countercultural faith tradition — of meaning making and spiritual practice, of worshipping and praising God — a faith tradition called Christian, centered in the creating God, the life-giving Spirit, and the Word made flesh named Jesus, whom we are always meeting again, as if for the first time.

Before we get to Lent, there’s the cold month of February. It seems like a great time to bring the rich liturgical connections of the movie Frozen 2 into our worship life. As we did in 2014 with the movie Frozen in worship, Vacation Bible School, and more, we will draw upon Frozen 2 as inspiration for worship, in this case, for a new communion liturgy (in a similar way that we did with the musical Hamilton, not so long ago). I have been fascinated to learn about the ancient liturgical grounding of one of the musical themes in this movie. So, I’m calling this new communion setting: “From Ancient Grounding into the Unknown.” The movie song “Into the Unknown” is one of the places where this ancient connection is particularly evident.

December 2019 / January 2020

Advent arrives with December’s calling card in her hand this year. We move from Thanksgiving right into Advent anticipation and awaiting, this holy season of reflection leading to the Christmas season. 

October/November 2019

With joy, Pilgrim is welcoming Joe Davis as our Artist-Theologian in Residence this fall. Some will remember Joe as our Pilgrim Anniversary Sunday preacher and forum leader last fall.

September 2019

Here comes Rally Sunday and all that we are rallying for! This newsletter offers a variety of glimpses of some of all that ministry teams and ministry staff have been working on.

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