Pastor’s Blog 10-6-17

Last night, I had the privilege of sitting in our sanctuary while people visited our church.  First Presbyterian was a stop on Mainstreet Waterloo’s Tour de Loo, where people from the community are invited to stop by different buildings downtown and look around.  Around 100 people came to our church!  Most of them had never walked through the doors before.

It was a joy to watch strangers walk into the sanctuary and experience the sacred space for the first time.  They’d get quiet, maybe sit in a pew, and turn their eyes upward.  I’d hear them whisper. “Wow.”  “Beautiful.” “They don’t make them like this anymore.”  What a gift we have in our sanctuary!  I must say a heartfelt thank you to the crew of dedicated church members who worked so hard on Thursday morning to dust, vacuum, and clean the sanctuary so that it was looking it’s best.  Your preparation made the experience all the more wonderful.  I believe that many people came in curious about the building and left with a taste of the holy.

As I wake up this morning, I am still thinking about those people walking into our church.  I believe our world needs a taste of something holy more than ever.  After weeks of hard news regarding hurricane destruction, now we grieve for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their families.  Even as we watch the news, we also know of personal struggles among church members, family, and friends.  This has been a hard month, to say the least.  Indeed, it has been a hard year.

But this week, like every week, we have the opportunity to wander in off the street and encounter something powerful.  We have the opportunity to worship.  We gather together on “holy ground” and encounter God.  We pray our laments in time of pain and shout our praise in times of joy.  We tune out the noise of the world around us and listen to God’s voice speaking words of comfort and challenge.  We gather as a church to remember the God who loves us and is always working for the redemption of the world.

I look forward to seeing each of you walk through the doors of the sanctuary this Sunday as we encounter the holy.


Pastor Amy