Greetings to everyone from Pinecrest! Pinecrest is a weeklong Lutheran leadership camp that is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. Every day the youth go to a Bible class and a Life class, and then spend the rest of the day in games, sports, leadership training, and general goofiness. Sometimes they even sleep. I’m teaching a class called, “When Religion Harms,” or as I think of it, “A Journey into the Dark Heart of Sinful Christianity”. It’s both fun, and exhausting. Two of OSA’s youth, Frederick Asher and Sarah Holsberg, are here. They’re telling me they’re having a good time.
I have a favor to ask of someone who might be willing—Clare, Lucy, and I are going on vacation for a while after Sunday, and I’ve flunked the test of finding someone to take care of our pets while I’m gone. Anyone want to take care of two sweet dogs and a crotchety old cat? Let me know.
Finally, let me mention something about the texts for Sunday. They are all invitations to God’s amazing and wide-reaching grace, where forgiveness and healing reign. We sing before the Eucharist that we may have a foretaste of the feast to come. We’ll be talking more about this Sunday—won’t you come and join the feast?