Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
We’ve all had to fill in this particular blank at some point. Whether completing intake forms at our doctor’s office or writing up our will, we’ve likely been asked to name our “next-of-kin.” The answer to that question has likely changed for most of us across the years of our life. As a child, it was probably the name of a parent. As we age, it might change to the name of a spouse, a sibling, a cousin. Eventually, we reach a point where the name listed is our child, or a nephew or niece. Or we may reach a point where there is no kin left to list. This week, as we take up September’s theme of kinship, we’ll explore the varied and changing meanings of family. As you prepare for Sunday, I encourage you to sit with the question of whom you consider to be your true kin.
Even if you’re not participating in a Theme Group this year, you are still welcome to partake of the materials found in each month’s New Horizons. The spiritual exercises and “questions to live with” can be explored on your own or with others in your life. If you decide you’d like to join a group, there will be opportunities to do so later in the year. And, there will be other events on the congregation’s schedule that will engage the themes on a drop-in basis. So, I hope you’ll make the most of these various tools to help you deepen your own journey.
See you Sunday.
In faith and love,