Welcome to worship.
This has been a difficult week. We are still overwhelmed by the news from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (known by Settlers as Kamloops, British Columbia).
What should also overwhelm us is the fact that much of this damage was done by the church. In the name of Jesus.
That’s how we justified it, anyway.
Well, no more. No more justifications, no more excuses, no more pretending. It’s time to own up.
We did this.
So today’s service is about confession.
But it’s also about today. Changing direction today. Realigning ourselves with God’s will today. Living into the gospel today.
We can’t go back to our comfortable life, our comfortable past, our comfortable oblivion.
The call of God won’t let us.
It will be hard. It will be painful.
But not as painful as discovering 215 children in a mass grave.
May we be aware of God’s presence as we travel this difficult road together.