SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
"A Key to a vital life is an eagerness to learn and a willingness to change." (Mary Anne Rodmacher) Change is in the air at St. David's -- the Sanctuary Choir is back at the helm, Faith Quest has a new curriculum, "Path of Joy," next week is our Welcome Back Luncheon and Council reconvenes on September 24, 2019 after a summer break. Rev. Peggy read the following poem by Javed Akhtar as she introduced her Reflection, "Eagerness - Energy of the Heart."
If you have eagerness in your heart, it means you are alive,
If your eyes are filled with dreams, it means you are alive
Learn to be free like the wind,
Learn to flow freely like the river,
Embrace every moment with open arms,
See a new horizon every time with your eyes,
If you carry surprise in your eyes, it means you are alive,
If you have eagerness in your heart, it means you are alive.
Eagerness was reflected in the eyes of the Sanctuary Choir members as they sang, "What a Friend" and "Amazing Grace."
The text for Rev. Peggy's reflection can be found by clicking Sermons on the Home Page and the Worship Folder is attached below.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
Our reader this morning, Eldon Godfrey, shared with us excerpts from oft-quoted Psalm 139 and from Philemon - Paul's story of Onesimus and Philemon, written while in prison. Rev. Debbie Stockdale launched her focus for the reflection, entitled Living with God in Creation, during her Faith Chat with the children, when she read Psalm 139 from Ralph Milton's The Family Story Bible and showed slides of her grandson from both before and after his birth.
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Faith Quest continued this theme in their program as the faith questers "discovered Divine Energy" as demonstrated in the New Testament story of the master giving his servants five, two and one coins to use during his absence. (The Parable of the Talents from Matt. 25:14) They discussed exploring their talents as their part of "Living with God in Creation."
Ministry of song this morning came from the Chamber Choir as they offered Blessed Are The Pure In Heart (H. Walford Davies) and Give Almes Of Thy Goods (Christopher Tye).
The text for Rev. Debbie's Reflection can be read by clicking on Sermons above. The Worship folder September 8 link is found below.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
There is an indigenous parable that considers "the two wolves that reside within each of us. There is the yes or courageous wolf and a no or fearful wolf, and we have the choice of feeding one or the other in any given situation." On Sunday morning, Rev. Peggy reflected on "The Life-giving power of 'yes'" with scripture readings from Deuteronomy and 2 Corinthians. (Check the Worship Folder file attachment below for particulars.) As well there was a quote from OSHO, spiritual guru, -"The Pharmacy of the Soul" who writes, "Say yes to life, to love, to people, to faith."