North Highland United Methodist Church
Monday, May 17, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

September 2016

Our Fall Theme God of Generations with the scripture theme from
Psalm 100:5 reminds us: God’s love and faithfulness lasts generation after generation.
Throughout history, every generation has had its struggles and its moments of triumph.
One generation brought us ammunition and the subsequent need to discern good and bad uses. Another generation brought us automobiles and a need for rules and regulations. One generation unleashed the wonders of the atom and the ongoing nuclear age rife with both
possibility and danger. And likely each generation questions whether the upcoming generations
are as capable as our own generation.
People often quote the ancient philosopher Socrates, (469-399 BC) lamenting the younger generations—some say it is Plato quoting Socrates, but I will leave that debate to the appropriate historians. Here is a portion of the quotation "What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"
Even earlier, Hesiod of the 8th century BC said, "I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words.” Have most of us not uttered similar laments? Do you as I do, remember how much smarter our parents were when we were in our mid 20’s or 30’s compared to how “clueless” they were in our younger years?
With these thoughts in mind, what does peace look like among the generations? What does faithfulness, or generosity, or honesty, or self-reflection look like within and across the generations? Due to the smaller size of our congregation we are all together for many things, including worship. However, we fall into a typical pattern of staying with our own general generation most of the time. Who might we become, what might we learn, and how might be become stronger if we make a pointed effort to learn a bit more about other generations.
Every generation has had both the challenge and opportunity to define how God’s lasting love and faithfulness is known to and through them. It is my hope that we welcome intergenerational opportunities to hear and engage with one another. Together we are the church. Throughout the fall, we will sing a hymn written by my favorite new hymn writer, Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. It includes these words “God of men and women, helper on our journey, you have called us in our faith to grow and to mature. Old and young we follow, hand in hand together; at every age, Lord, we belong to you!”
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Lou