Pastoral Ponderings

“Congratulations! Today is your day.  You’re off to Great Places!  You’re off and away!  ou have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And YOU are the (ones) who’ll decide where to go!” – the gospel according to Dr. Seuss.

It’s certainly been a benchmark time for our congregation as we have navigated these uncharted waters of 2020 and 2021 together. Kind of like “fruit basket upset”!   

But because of our small but uniquely gifted community, we are preparing to arrive together at Mount Tabor for an in-person Rally Sunday Inter-generational Event  September 11 at 9:15 in the narthex, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" (Regular Sunday School class for kids begins September 18 from 9:15-10am). 

Come and brainstorm with us as we imagine and begin discerning where God's calling us to go together as a congregation in mission! We'll have opportunities for everyone to participate in this process with 9:15 am brainstorming sessions scheduled for Sunday September 11 and 25, and October 9 and 23.  Hope to see you there!

We have a Mission as Mount Tabor that has guided us since 2011:  “An inclusive, compassionate community living God’s love in the world.”  Through the years we have explored that mission through community service and engagement with marginalized folks, environmental stewardship, exploring the common ground of faith and natural science that we uniquely walk together, and a diversity of musical expressions in our worship.

Today I sense that we are at a Kairos moment for discerning how we live that mission statement in these times. That takes some brainstorming together!  And we have an exceptionally gifted Synod staff joining us October 29-30, who have created unique tools for us to effectively answer the big questions:  “Who are we today?”  “Where do we want to go in Mission?” and “How do we get there together?”

I am excited for the conversations we can have together as siblings in Christ about our future ministry together in downtown Salt Lake City.  We are uniquely gifted and positioned for great things!  “Oh, the Places We’ll Go!”  I look forward to what God’s new creation at Tabor will look like!       Pastor David