by Kathy Merkle-Raymond
A sermon by Kathy Merkle-Raymond, Director of Communal Care (preaching texts: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18 and Matthew 5: 38-48)....Download
If you are yearning for an experience of the Holy . . .
If you understand that faith is a matter of the mind as well as the heart, and that taking the Bible seriously means that it cannot always be taken literally . . .
If you believe that an openness to searching questions is more important than the offering of set and staid answers . . .
If you believe that God’s love embraces all persons equally, no matter their gender, race, economic condition, or sexual identity . . .
If you believe that diversity, tolerance, peace-making and inclusivity are strengths to be taught and cherished . . .
If you believe that the path of Jesus calls us to be nothing less than global citizens, that the social expression of love is justice, and that spiritual concerns are inseparable from commitment to the natural world . . .
If you are yearning for a community that recognizes the faithfulness of people who have different names for the way to God’s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, just as our ways are true for us . . .
If you’ve wished for a more open and embracing community of faith to nurture your spirit and raise your children, and haven’t yet found a place of belonging . . .
Then we warmly invite you to become part of the worship, witness, and work of this progressive faith community known as First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto.
Peace and grace,
The Rev. W. Robert (Rob) Martin, III
Senior Pastor/Head of Staff