Quick clarification: I will be preaching on “We Become More” not this weekend, but Sunday April 25.
This Sunday April 18 we are all looking forward to hearing Rev. Jim’s full service entitled “Wake to the Story of the Earth….” “The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the earth!” (Chief Seattle). There will be multiple guests: be sure to check SOUNDINGS this Friday morning and the Order of Service on Saturday morning.
In fact, to get us ready, Rev. Jim suggests we watch this video as preparation. Enjoy!
My apologies for any confusion. See you Sunday as we celebrate our Earth’s story –
As we emerge from this pandemic in its uncertain and varied form, the new normal comes into focus. Masks will be with us for some time. Handshakes will be a way off. Hugs, strangely, will make a big comeback. And we will choose often between what we go to “live” and what we attend on Zoom.
What I hope we all do is use this emerging time to take stock of where we have been and where we would like to go. My sermon this Sunday, “We Become More,” will be about the mystery of our life narrative. For most of us, we had no idea that life would turn out the way it did, for better or for worse. What are the spiritual lessons in our living as we became more? Did the turns shape us or did we shape the turns? I will be exploring the concept of Process Theology: the idea that we “co-create” our world and perhaps our God.
Along the way of life all of us have a few regrets. I know mine have been deep and abiding. But those regrets have also shaped who I have become, mostly for the better. For as J.K. Rowling put it after she had overcome a life of destitution to write the Harry Potter series: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
Life unfolding anew. I, for one, am hopeful it will bring new gifts and a renewed hope.