Corona Sabbath 17 TRANSFORMATION

Picture by Emily Bell

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 others in your social isolation group. 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.

During these summer weeks, the theme being used in “Grounded.” Some of us feel that shelter-in-place feels like being grounded. Some would normally have travel plans and feel grounded. With the many challenges facing our society, it is important to feel grounded. So these Summer Sundays will focus on key concepts in Christianity that provide grounding. So, welcome to “Grounded.” This post focuses on transformation.

There is a scripture reading offered by Barbara Donohue and a brief meditation by Pastor Kim Wells as well as music offered by Music Director Hilton Kean Jones.

You are invited to find a quiet space, inside or outside. Light a candle. Take a look around you. Breathe. Life-giving breath. Be present.

You may begin by offering this reading:

Out beyond ideas
Wrong-doing and Right-doing
There is a Field
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that
the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase
each other
doesn’t make any sense.

–Rumi, from The Illustrated Rumi, translator Coleman Barks
This poem was submitted by Emily Bell.

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.

After viewing the video, you are invited to offer the following closing –

We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes,but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers and sisters.

–Martin Luther King Jr., 20th century, adapted

Breathe. Breathe again. Be filled. With life-giving breath. Extinguish your candle and engage whatever may come with a sense of peace and a desire grow and serve.

detail of the Black Lives Matter mural painted on the street in front of the Carter Woodson Museum in St. Petersburg


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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