Delivered at Ames UCC on Sunday, June 16, 2019
©The Rev. Eileen Gebbie
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Is it too much?
Maybe with our participation in Ames Pridefest, listing preferred pronouns in our public material, and our now-burned pride banner, we have gone too far. Maybe it is time to tone down our affirmation of queer people a bit, press pause on our witness, now that the virtual has become the actual.
None of us wants to be the next Pulse Nightclub.
Believe me, I am tired of thinking through how to respond to someone standing up in one of these pews during worship and taking aim.
But when we are tired, when we feel anxious, and when we need answers, we do not stop at our anxiety or our fatigue.
We have learned through our lives of seeking, doubting, and even having faith, that we are better, and better together, when we allow ourselves to be guided by prayer, scripture, and the kind of understanding that can only occur in a gathered body of Christ.
Here we are gathered and here we have already prayed a bit, so now is the time to look to scripture.