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. We appreciate your suggestions and feedback.
Find a quiet place, inside or outside. Light a candle. Take a look around you. If you are inside, pay attention to the room you are in. Breathe. Life-giving breath. Be present.
a still place of light
a still place of love
your light radiating
your love vibrating
your touch and your healing
far flung and near
to the myriads caught
in darkness, in sickness
in lostness, in fear
make a heart-center here,
Light of the World
–From Malling Abbey, Denmark
When you are ready, start the video below.
(For written text of the above video click HERE.)
As you listen to the music from Hilton which follows, you are invited to notice the thoughts and feelings and that arise for you.
Have This Love: https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/have-this-love (Note: The above is a recording by the Tampa, Florida, Bayshore Baptist Choir, Dr. John Richmond, conducting; Candace MacDougal, piano; 1993.)
After listening to the music, you are invited to offer the following closing:
God our Mother and Father, we come to you as children. Be with us as we learn to see on another with new eyes, hear on another with new hearts, and treat one another in a new way.
–Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland
Breathe. Breathe again. Feel the Spirit enlivening you. Extinguish your candle and engage whatever may come with a sense of peace and a desire to serve.
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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.
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