Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.~ From the Book of Matthew 25:40
Dear CVUU Members and Friends,
It’s not often that a preacher is at a loss for words, but I find myself unable to express adequately the gratitude I feel to each of you for your love and support upon the death of my father last week. I was able to go home to Massachusetts for a few days to be with my wife Dale and to see my mother and brother and his children. It is important to gather. The memorial service will be held in the summer. My father’s ashes will be scattered over the water near their home in Scituate, Massachusetts, where my brother and I grew up and near where my brother and his wife and children still live. It will be good for us all to know that Papa/Dad is still nearby and in a place that he loved.
These rituals and taking time to gather are important. Thank you for making it possible for me to be there, knowing that all would be well here. I am now back and catching up on email and phone messages. Thank you for your cards and emails of support and also for sending me the beautiful fruit basket. We shared it with loved ones who dropped by and I loved telling folks that it came from you!
We have a lot of wonderful and important things happening in this second half of the church year. This Sunday Sheri Bailey and I will lead together a service honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, and next week we host NEST, the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team; this means that we will welcome 45 or so people who would otherwise have no place to sleep on these cold winter nights. I’m sure there are still ways for us all to help out (Contact Julie Hurst, Anne Denton or Judy Welp for more information). I intend to be there each evening to welcome our guests and to offer a blessing for the evening meal. I do that as your representative to our wider community, the folks beyond our walls who are also a part of us in that interdependent web of all existence. May we be good neighbors.
With love and gratitude for all of you,
Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU