A Message from Pastor Kaji

October 5th,2023 Categories: Weekly Letter

Sunday October 8

Click Here for Pastor Kaji’s Sermon “Say What, Now?” from last Sunday

Dear Church:
Come home.

Homecoming can be a very general term, but for our church, it has deep theological meaning. For the past several weeks of worship, we have been exploring different ways of coming home to God. We have talked about co-creating with God, the recklessness of God’s grace that will reach us anywhere to bring us back, God’s ability to move on from our faults, God’s willingness to break through our understanding.

This Sunday is our Homecoming. It’s our chance to ritualize our coming home to God, again and again. It’s a chance to come to the church for worship and fellowship. It’s a chance to get to know our fellow pilgrims on this journey of faith. Some will bring food that reflects something important about them. (I’m bringing my mom’s collard greens that I’ve preached about.)

Our scripture is one of my very favorites. This text from Matthew 25 grounds my entire ministry, and I believe it grounds our entire community. In it, Jesus makes very clear what he prioritizes. It’s a beautiful reminder for all of us. So as you prepare for worship, I invite you to find yourself in the word.

You are invited. You are welcome. Come as you are. Bring what you can – even if that’s just yourself.

We can’t wait to worship and fellowship with you.

Pax Christi,
Pastor Kaji

Matthew 25:31-46 (Year A, p. 489):
31 “When the Son of Woman comes in his glory with all the angels, then will he sit on the throne of his glory. 32 And gathered before him will be all the nations and he will separate them one from another just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will put the sheep on his right and the goats at the left. 34 Then shall the one who rules say to those at his right, ‘Come, those blessed by my Abba; inherit the realm prepared for you all from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you all gave me food; I was thirsty and you all gave me drink; a stranger and you all gathered me in. 36 Naked and you all clothed me; I was sick and you all cared for me; in prison and you all visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer asking, ‘Majesty, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and gather you in, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the one who rules will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you all, as much as you all did for one of the least of these my kindred, you all did it to me.’
41 “Then the one who rules will say to those on the left, ‘Go from me, all you who are accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you all gave me no food; I was thirsty and you all gave me no drink; 43 a stranger and you all did not gather me in, naked and you all did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you all did not care for me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, asking, ‘Majesty, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then the ruler will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you all, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you all did not do it for me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”