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 peace.
There is a scripture lesson offered by Sue Sherwood and a meditation by Pastor Kim Wells followed by a music video prepared by Music Director Hilton Kean Jones featuring the LUCC choir singing My Life Flows On in Endless Song (How Can I Keep from Singing).
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 with this reading:
But the people forgot.
They forgot that they were
A message of love,
and a prayer from the earth.
And they began to argue….
And often the people
Misused their powers,
And hurt one another
Or killed one another.
And they hurt the earth.
And after a long,
Lonesome and scary time…
…the people listened,
and began to hear…
And to see God in one another…
…and in the beauty of all the Earth.
And Old Turtle SMILED.
And so did God.
–Excerpt from Old Turtle by Douglas Wood, 1992 Award Winner Best Environmental Book~Midwest Independent Publishers Association
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 virtual choir music video featuring the Lakewood Choir singing My Life Flows On in Endless Song (How Can I Keep from Singing), directed by Hilton Jones, you are invited to notice the thoughts and feelings and that arise for you.
After viewing the music video, you are invited to offer the following closing –
Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.
Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.
–From 1979, 1 Sabbath by Wendell Berry
Breathe. Breathe again. Be filled. With a sense of peace. Extinguish your candle and engage whatever may come with a sense of peace and a desire to serve.
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- 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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