I didn't have to preach today. Sr. Monique visited St. Barnabas and preached for us. She was wonderful. Her sermon focused on Jesus' cleansing of the temple. She did a great job of getting us all there in the temple with stories about growing up with farm animals and doves. We could all imagine the smells and sounds by the time she was done. She also talked about her immigrant parents helping to build the church of her childhood and talked about the immigrants who built St. Barnabas stone by stone. Then, she encouraged us to honor the temple by carrying on their work of being the presence of Christ in the community of Berlin.
It was also fun to share Sunday morning with Monique. She's such a joy.