Here we are again–the 4th NBA playoffs in a row where we have Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers. For me, the end of the church year is synonymous with the playoffs because my first year of ministry at UUFSC was the beginning of the Warriors playoff run. Truth be told, the Western Finals, where the Warriors faced the Houston Rockets, was far more fun to watch than the Finals. Why? Because both the
Warriors and the Rockets play beautifully orchestrated TEAM basketball. The passing, assists, the rotation of players off the bench. It’s just fun to watch. The Cavaliers? Well, it’s Lebron James plus some people to help him out. The first game in this series, James scored 51 points and the Cavaliers looked like they had a fighting chance against the Warriors. But then, on the second game, when Lebron only scored 29 points? Well, the Cavaliers didn’t look so promising. Real teams have flexibility and breadth– they have camaraderie and playfulness. So when one person gets injured, the whole team doesn’t collapse. Lebron James is absolutely incredible. And I’d never want to be on a team with him. Collaboration and cooperation take a lot of work, humility, and patience– in other words, some real spiritual and emotional chutzpah.
I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday: Forming and Formation: Honoring Our Youth. Our early years are a precious period, and the spiritual lessons we learn then shape us for the rest of our lives. Join us in celebrating the faith formation of our children, of which we are all a part. Worship Leaders this week are Rev. Darcy, Matthew Mason, and guest musician Jorge Torres.