Iron Mountain ski jump

Iron Mountain ski jump

Sunday, June 2, 2019


This morning at St. Mark’s Above the Starbucks, on the Highway 46 bypass, Mary Beth Morgan, one of our pastors, and the wife of our other pastor, Jimmy Moore, is using Helen and me as props for the children’s time in worship. She and Jimmy sit on the floor with the kids, but she has promised chairs for us.

[You’d think that a denomination that is willing to ordain a Roman Catholic from Chicago and a Baptist from Mississippi would be willing to ordain anyone, but apparently not so with The Ununited Methodist Church.]

Our job this morning, as the first couple married at St. Mark’s, sixty years ago, is to tell the children what the church was like back then.

Bloomington’s mayor might be there. I hope so. He comes sometimes. In fact, he was there that Sunday morning at St. Mark’s, sixty years ago, in worship, although he did not come to our wedding at 2:30, since he was only one month old.

I’m going to tell the children how the preacher back then, the mayor’s father, tried to give a children’s sermon, and a little girl got under his robe and wouldn’t come out. So the Rev. Richard E. Hamilton, perhaps the best example of a preacher/pastor anyone will ever know, just switched from his prepared sermon and preached on “Let the little children come.”

That’s what St. Mark’s Above Bucetto’s Smiling Teeth Restaurant has always been about, inclusion for everyone others might prefer to leave out. We are glad, after sixty years, to be back home, where they take you in even when they don’t have to. [1]

John Robert McFarland

1] “Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.” Robert Frost, “The Death of the Hired Man.”

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