January 15 Sunday Preview, from The Rev. Kaji Douša
This week we gather under the shadow of giants. How appropriate to march towards the turning point of our country’s leadership as we reflect on and celebrate two incredibly influential figures of the movement to resist oppression: The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.
This Sunday, we continue with the celebration of a number of epiphanies: this week in Jesus’ baptism. We will read from Matthew 3:13-17. I am especially interested in how John the Baptist reacted to Jesus’ showing up. This reaction will guide my reflections in the sermon.
Then, I want to make a special invitation for Monday evening at 7 pm, when we will gather with the Temple of Universal Judaism for our annual Heschel-King service. I am grateful to the Rev. Sydney Avent for stepping in to help to lead this, as an emergency funeral will call me away that evening. Rabbi Ari and I have carefully planned a meaningful set of reflections and music for this special service, so I do pray that you will take the time to come.
This turning point in our country is the perfect time to gather for the prayer and the spirit of hope and perseverance that the world is counting on the church to give. Please join us. We need you.