Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,
Sunday Morning Podcast, June 21, 2020
It is time to deeply absorb the knowledge that we are all fearfully and wonderful made. Everyone. Not just some people. And in coming to understand this, we will know that we must treat all people as sacred, as we do ourselves. “To sin is to refuse to love, to reject communion and fellowship for in humanity, each person, is the living temple of God, we meet God in our encounter with others,” wrote Gustavo Gutierrez, one of the founders of liberation theology. The time has come for us to embrace this truth and live our lives from it. To truly absorb this understanding of our very nature, will result in a great shift in human consciousness.
Momentous changes in the course of human evolution – which have been with us all along – are all very well to read about in history or science books or in our case, the Bible, but quite another to live through day by day.
So, here is a collection of thoughts from various spiritual thinkers and dreamers that remind us that though the movements of change that need to take place are enormous, our part in them is small, consistent, and though not always easy, doable for everyone. We spend time with St. Therese of Liseau, Blaise Pascal, Boarding Homes Ministries, and have a brief look at liberation and feminist theology. It is a rich little podcast this morning, with reflective music for contemplation. Every blessing for the journey.
We will be resuming our study/practice this coming Friday, June 19th. Please join us as we read through this wonderful teaching on the HOW of being compassionate. It is challenging, but particularly in our current culture,
absolutely imperative to work through.
Friday at 7 pm
Practicing Compassion, Frank Rogers Jr., Living Compassion. Andrew Dreitcer
The book is called 'Practicing Compassion' but I will also be working with a similar book, 'Living Compassion'. They are similar, one is more ecumenical, the other is particularly Christian. They are practical books. They tell us HOW to be compassionate - and it is not always an easy business.
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Jesus was in the business of transformation.
And the practice of compassion has that power.
Please join us on Friday as we come to understand, and practice, this simple, straight forward path that is a profound part of the Christian tradition, but it not in any way limited to those within it.
Both our church councils met this last week and voted to keep our church buildings closed until September 13th, with scheduled council meetings in late August/early September to reaffirm this possibility. You will know that the government has allowed churches to re-open. However, the stipulations for re-opening - no singing, no hospitality, social distancing, masks being worn, no passing of the peace or collection plate etc. - combined with the fact that so many of our attendees are in the cov-id 19 vulnerable sector, make what we consider to be church gatherings virtually impossible. I know this is a disappointment to many, and we all miss seeing one another in person. I know I do. But this is an unusual time, not just in our own community, but throughout the world, and we must continue to be patient and loving with one another until the time comes when we can again gather together.
Each church has formed a small task force to understand the stipulations laid out for reopening and will work to put these in place over the summer. Because Primrose United Church has their delightful outdoor space, their task force will be considering several outdoor gatherings in the garden area over the summer. These will not be church services, but quiet, reflective gatherings to touch base with one another with all precautions in place and we will let you know when we have organized them.
Bruce and I will continue to offer new podcasts each Sunday throughout the summer, with accompanying materials, and twice weekly email correspondence. I encourage our wonderful care leaders in both churches to continue keeping an eye on everyone.
Call to Worship
Prayers of the Cosmos: Reflections on the Original Meaning of Jesus’ Words, Neil Douglas-Klotz (The Lord’s Prayer)
O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos,
Focus your light within us - make it useful:
Create your reign of unity now -
Your one desire then acts with ours,
as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
as we release the strands we hold
of others' guilt.
Don't let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
the power and the life to do,
the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.
Truly - power to these statements -
may they be the ground from which all
my actions grow: