Dear Friends,

Maybe it was the estate planning I did last summer, or the many stories of funeral services at which I've officiated that were shared by so many of you on September 8. Maybe it was a friend dying a couple weeks ago at the age of 59, or the Advance Planning Seminar I attended at a local funeral home last week. Whatever has prompted it, I'll be preaching about being mortal this Sunday, September 30. We'll be straying from the lectionary. Our focus will be Psalm 90:1-6, 10, 12. I'm calling the sermon Counting Our Days. As I've shared on a number of occasions, I have what might be considered by many to be an odd fascination with dying and death. When I journey with people down these paths, as I have done many times over the past thirty years, I find such ground to be sacred, holy, and am grateful for the opportunities. Guided by the Psalmist, we'll be exploring what it means to "count our days." I'm pretty sure I've never preached a sermon quite like the one I'm planning to preach this Sunday. I'm hopeful you'll find it interesting in addition to being nourishment for your journey. Also, our Band will be leading us in all our music. It's going to be a terrific morning. I warmly encourage you to join us.

Four more things: Our Heifer Project Team meets tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26, at 1:00. Our Social Justice Team meets Sunday in the Priscilla Room at 11:15 (or so). Confirmation Class will be held on Sunday in the Youth Room at 11:15 (or so). Also on Sunday, an All-Church Bowling event will happen at Voyageur Lanes at noon. Everyone is warmly invited to bring a friend and join in the fun.

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Mark


The Congregational United Church of Christ
P. O. Box 642
Detroit Lakes, MN  56502

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.

Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now.

You are not obligated to complete the work,

but neither are you free to abandon it.

 ~ The Talmud



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