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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Posted on Wed, Jul 8, 2009

Rev. Jim’s sermon: “Free to Be…”

Link to Today's Sermon: Free to Be

This is the day our God has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

 I’m rejoicing and full of gladness because of our sharing together this week; sharing in worship, sharing in personal visits, sharing in music, sharing in bingo, and sharing in so many wonderful and exciting ways.  Life is so much better when we live it and walk the journey in relationship together.  So let me say a huge thank you for a wonderful first week here.  I’m very much looking forward to what will happen among us as we listen for God’s voice together. 

Speaking of the journey together, I received a wonderful and unexpected seed of happiness this morning as I arrived here at church.  Three deer, two adults and one very young one, were casually walking around just inside our front gate. I sat quietly in my car and watched them for just a minute as a light rain fell. This amazingly peaceful scene reminded me to seek peace throughout the day.  When it was almost time for my first appointment, I gently got out of the car and began opening the gate as they walked back deeper into the property.  I hear a message for us in that experience and at this moment I am thinking of some of you who read this weekly letter and haven’t been here for awhile, some of you who have experienced difficulty here, and some of you who have never been to worship here.  Trinity MCC in Gainesville is a church where you are welcome.  I’ll be writing more about this in weeks to come and I want to say clearly today, regardless of your background with us or away from us, you are welcome here.

Remember to look for my list of available appointment times in the Narthex on Sunday.  I’m really enjoying these “Getting to Know You” meetings and I hope many more of you will take advantage of this time for us to start building healthy relationships together.

Finally, for today, when you have a need for pastoral care, please let me be the first one to know.  You do not need to be alone at times of sickness, grief, celebration, or at any other time that is important to you.  We are committed to loving and compassionate pastoral care and will always do our best to be available when we are aware of a need.  Call the church office or email me at

Blessings on you and yours.  I look forward to seeing you at the BBQ (vegetarian friendly) on Saturday and at church on Sunday.

Rev. Jim Merritt
Provisional Pastor
Trinity Metropolitan Community Church, Gainesville, FL

"Always Keeping it Real"

OdysseyChurch - Jacksonville, Florida
Teaching Pastor
The journey is better...together!"

Marriage Equality Coordinator for MCC's Global Justice Team
Candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree - Episcopal Divinity School