Sermon: Joyce Henricks
Service Coordinator: Tom Moffit
Sermon: Joyce Henricks
In worship this Sunday, we will continue our examination of the question “What does it mean to be a people of perseverance?” with a message from our minister titled “Love Doesn’t Make Us Stupid – It Makes Us Brave.” Please plan to join us for this weekly gathering that is the heartbeat of who we are as a community.
We can move away from anxious identification with love as submissiveness or giving in. We don’t have
to limit our notion of love to romance. We can challenge our conditioning that tells us that loving
someone also mandates our liking them and wanting to spend time with them. We can remember that,
as the Buddha taught, love is the antidote to fear, not the countervailing force to wisdom. Love doesn’t
make us stupid; it makes us brave. ~ Sharon Salzberg
What does it mean to be a people of perseverance? That is the guiding question for our worship services for
the month of February. Please join us this Sunday, February 4, as we begin with an overview of the meaning of
perseverance with a message from our minister titled “To Persevere - to Sustain – to Persist.”
“A boy and his father were walking along a road when they came across a large stone. “Do you think if I use all of my strength, I can move this rock?” the child asked. His father answered, “If you use all of your strength, I am sure you can do it.” The boy began to push the rock. Exerting himself as much as he could, he pushed and pushed. The rock did not move. Discouraged, he said to his father, “You were wrong. I can’t do it.” His father put his arm around the boy’s shoulder and said, “No son. You didn’t use all your strength – you didn’t ask me to help.” ~ Rabbi David Wolf
This Sunday we will conclude our month-long exploration of what it means to be a people of intention by reflecting on “The Gift of Good Questions” – how it is that we may invite each other to reflect more deeply when we are intentional in the asking of good questions. Please join us!
“When was the last time someone asked you an honest, open question — one that invited you to reflect more deeply on your own life, asked by a person who did not want to advise you or “fix” you but “hear you into speech,” deeper and deeper speech?” ~ Parker Palmer
Our exploration of the question “What does it mean to be a people of intention?” will continue this Sunday
with a message by our minister titled “The Intentional Act of Going to Church” – we hope you will join us!
“Let me tell you why I come to church. I come to church…[because] my church renews my courage and my hope…I must have my conscience sharpened—sharpened until it goads me to the most thorough and responsible thinking of which I am capable. I must feel again the love I owe to others. I must not only hear about it but feel it. In church, I do. I am brought toward my best, in every way toward my best.”
~ A. Powell Davies
We have set our intention for worship this coming Sunday to invoke the teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we examine together how the legacy of his vision is carried forward today…how we carry it forward. Please plan to join us.
Prophecy, a vision of the future to come, cannot belong to an individual. When we even think of our personal goals and visions for the year ahead and our lives ahead, we know the things that are ours to do cannot happen in isolation. We need voices of support and encouragement. We need visible and less visible labor to make any dream come true. With big dreams, we often need another generation or two or three to continue the work ahead, to pick up where we left off and reap the seeds sown by those who came before.
~ Lane Campbell
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Please note that unless otherwise indicated, worship will be led by UUFCM minister