“Pastors have to wear a lot of different hats.”
People say that sometimes. (Not just about pastors, of course.)
Well, today, this pastor is wearing an actual hat. And it is a little different:
It means that lady pastors will join many other women in wearing little red hats, and man pastors will join some other men in wearing red cumberbunds and bow ties.
It means that hundreds of people will come through our doors to shop, and eat, and visit, and thousands of dollars will be raised for the ministry and mission of our church, in Saint James, at camp, and across the world.
It means that it is noisy, and crowded, and hard to get anything else done.
And you know what? I love it. I love the noise. I love the crowd. I even love the little red hat that countless faithful women have worn before me. (Pro Tip: Best not to think about that part too hard.) I love that so many of the women and men of this congregation work so hard and serve so faithfully to make this day happen. I love the way they share their gifts with the community and the world.
So if you’re in or near Saint James today, come on over! And if you’re unlucky enough not to be in the area, be on the lookout for the faithful service (and maybe also the little red hats) where you are.
What tradition do you love?