Dear Glen Mar friends,

I had my first experience with a massive cicada emergence 17 years ago, as a young mother with a two year old and a little baby, in that stretch of life where they days are long and exhausting and revolve around children’s naps and library storytimes. I was a full time stay at home mom, and so as the cicadas sang on our umpteenth family walk down a Columbia walking path, my brain turned to creative endeavors. As I walked, my feet made a rhythm that became the song “Candida” by Tony Orlando and Dawn in my head. And instantly it occurred to me I should write a song parody and call it Cicada (We Could Bake It Together) by Tony Orlando and Prawn. This is what happens when I can’t preach enough, apparently. I wrote it up quickly and sent it to a now defunct Oldies radio morning team, who recorded it with studio singers and played it on the radio. My 15 minutes of fame.

Now, 17 years later, our children are leaving the nest, and I have a new appreciation for the speed at which life moves, and the changing of the seasons, literally and figuratively. I can see God’s presence and provision and grace all over all that time, in that mysterious place where days are long but years are short. My prayer is that I would learn to “number the days,” and pursue the things that matter—love of God, love of neighbor, gratitude and service, learning, growth and faithfulness.

In worship this weekend, we’ll look at Nicodemus, a seeker searching for meaning and for how to live, and his encounter with Jesus. We’ll also honor those who have given their lives in service to our country and pray for their families, and for the coming of the day when swords shall be beaten into ploughshares and we shall not learn war anymore (See Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3).

See you in person or online on Sunday at 9:30! Bring your mask so we can sit closer together and protect our most vulnerable folks as we transition to “normalcy.” Come ready to sing!

See you in Church,
Pastor Mandy