A Sunday of Contrasts
I faced extreme contrasts this past Sunday morning.
Early in the morning I was at MacArthur Park for a service with over 180 in attendance, many of them staff, school children, and family members. I could feel the excitement and hope in the group.
A couple hours later I worshiped with fewer than 30 at a combined service of the English speaking and Spanish speaking congregants at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. I realized how fortunate I am since the ELCA has far more congregations like Gethsemane than like MacArthur Park in San Antonio.
At MacArthur Park, I was among the elders in the service. At Gethsemane, I was in the middle of the age spectrum.
Before Gethsemane had a special congregational meeting to deal with a budget concern, I was able to recruit a possible volunteer for the synod's Peace and Justice Task Force. I feel fortunate since that congregation has significant leadership needs among its own membership.