These weeks when we cannot gather in person for Sunday worship, Lakewood United Church of Christ is providing brief weekly sabbath programs for you to listen to on your own or with those you live with. They will be posted on Friday so that you can schedule your sabbath time to suit your schedule and your spiritual inclinations. We hope these programs are of spiritual support to you in these difficult times.
There is a scripture reading and a brief meditation by Pastor Kim Wells followed by music offered by Music Director Hilton Kean Jones.
Find a quiet place, inside or outside. Light a candle. Perhaps have something present that represents nature for you. Breathe. Be present.
You may begin by offering these words:
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
— Mother Teresa, 20th century
When you are ready, start the video below.
(For written text of video click HERE.)
As you listen to the music from Hilton which follows, you are invited to pay attention to the thoughts and feelings and reflections that arise for you.
A recorded reading, not for production, by Scott Kluksdahl, cello, and Robert Helps, piano.
After viewing the video, you are invited to offer the following closing –
“…and we’ll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies,…
And take upon ‘s the mystery of things,
As if we were God’s spies…”
William Shakespeare, 17th century, “King Lear”
Breathe. Extinguish your candle and engage whatever may come with a sense of peace and a desire to serve.
Next week’s Corona Sabbath with focus on Mother’s Day. Hilton would like to prepare a music video featuring pictures of mothers submitted by the Lakewood UCC church family. Please email pictures of mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, and others who have been mothering figures for you to Hilton by Sunday May 3 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal, is to:
- Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives and in our world;
- Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people;
- Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.
QUICK LINKS TO OUR RECENT POSTS DURING THE CORONA CRISIS:
Sermon videos: https://lakewooducc.org/category/online-devotional/
Sermon texts: https://lakewooducc.org/category/posts/sermon-texts/
Posts containing music: https://lakewooducc.org/category/posts/music/
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