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Dear Friends,  

 Every year, The Merriam-Webster Dictionary announces the “Words of the Year”. These are the ten words or phrases most frequently looked up online that year. In 2019 the top ten included quid pro quo, crawdad and yes, the word “the”. (Ask an Ohio State fan about that one). 2020’s top ten have not yet been announced but for me, one of the most intriguing expressions is “super-spreader”. Hoping to boost its chance of making the top ten, I looked up the definition; “an individual who is highly contagious and capable of transmitting a communicable disease to an unusually large number of uninfected individuals”.  

Without dismissing the danger of this when related to disease, I wonder if this expression might be applied positively to matters of faith and our work in the world. Might you and I be  super-spreaders of gratitude this month of thanksgiving? How about super-spreaders of reconciliation following the election? Heading into Advent, we are really going to need some super-spreaders of hope and joy. And always, in the name of Jesus, we need super-spreaders of peace and justice.  

While we continue to observe social distancing and the health regulations that keep our community healthy, let’s be creative in finding ways this season to be super-spreaders of all the good God intends for our world.  

All this we do in the name of Jesus, God with Us…Pastor Sarah