As I look out over the Sunday congregation, I know for a fact that someone has just discovered she is pregnant, another couple just got engaged, someone is fighting a deadly disease, someone's parent just died, someone is pondering ordination, someone is thoroughly engrossed in the process of spring gardening, someone is struggling with addiction, someone is joyfully celebrating years of sobriety, someone is having problems with their kids, someone has the BEST child, and so on. The list of who we are is endless. And sometimes it seems we are more different than we are alike. Some of our ancestors even fought each other! We're not even all here for the same reasons. (All those who are here for the Mystical Feast raise your hands? All those who are here for coffee hour raise your hands?)
But we all find ourselves in this place at the same time. There is great benefit in having a limited foretaste of the wonderfully varied congregation which will gather to praise the Holy One at the end of time. Truly we can sing, even today, "All Creatures of Our God and King...O, praise God!"