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“We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple…that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. God will be our guide forever.” Psalm 48:9 and 14

         Looking out the window with a certain longing, I imagine the garden already planted and in full blossom. The first sunny spring day can do that to you, stir the imagination and make the palms itchy for dirt.

         Then I remember. I can barely get the dog walked and the bills paid most days, and get to my day job though the commute next door is nothing short of splendid. I have no complaints, but still…My imagination yields row upon row of rich, organic produce, the berries planted four summers ago bearing fruit.

         Then I remember. I plant great ideas and leave my dear husband to the watering, weeding, and deer aversion tactics. This year I’ll spare him. Less than successful with anything more complicated than herbs and peppers, I’m planting flowers this year instead. Don’t tell Ellis, he’ll be so surprised.

         Sometimes a change in direction is refreshing. We’ll buy our produce at the farmer’s market like everybody else this year, and plant a profusion of color out back instead.

         Rethinking the summer garden in such a way as this reminds me that summer’s coming, and the new narrative lectionary will lead us only as far as Pentecost and Confirmation in May. Then the lessons break for a season, leaving us speechless before the ground of summer worship, fallow with wonder.

         When in doubt about the planting, we ask our resident gardener Martha. When in doubt about what to preach, I thought I’d ask you. Imagine summer worship as I now imagine the flowerbed. What is it that you have always hoped to hear preached on Sunday morning? There may be a topic of concern, or an idea you cannot imagine that we have so neglected. Send an email to me this week at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know what’s on your mind. Do you wonder about heaven, or are troubled by ISIS? Do you struggle with what the Bible really says about raising our kids, or the path to new life when we’ve made a ruinous decision?

         Then watch the Farmer’s Almanac, er, the Preacher’s Page of the May Newsletter, where the topics for summer worship will be posted. This is as close as we come to offering a “get out of jail free” pass, or a no fine library book redemption day. If you live in Kentucky and your mother who lives in York has forwarded this to you, please feel free to recommend a topic too. Our sermons are posted on-line so you can hear about the topic that has been nagging at you with wonderment for sometime, whether you sit in the pew or not.

         Then wait for it. Together this summer we will ponder God’s beautiful, steadfast love, trusting that “God will be our guide forever.”

Prayer: Open our ears to hear and our eyes to see your Word among us this day. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Verlee