Rev. Peggy  McDonagh
February 5, 2020
Rev. Peggy McDonagh
Minister of Congregational Operations and Worship

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Rev. Peggy has begun a new series which comes complete with a Take Home Sheet entitled "Looking Back." (Find this sheet on the Ministries page MINISTRIES/WORSHIP/ FILE ATTACHMENT.) Her Reflection this morning was prefaced with the fact that we avoid discussions about taxes and money both outside and within the church.  

Synopsis: Quote from “It’s a Wonderful Life”: “You've been given a great gift, George: a chance to see what the world would be like without you. … Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives, and when he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” —The angel Clarence Odbody

George Bailey gets a wonderful gift of seeing what the world would have been like without him in it. We live an “incarnational” faith – the belief that, like Jesus, our faith is not just an idea, but it gets lived out in our actions in the world. This week we integrate money and meaning by looking in at the courageous vision for our presence and impact in the world. This is the bedrock for how we “spend” our assets–time, energy, and money–so that we approach the life we have left with attentiveness and intentionality to make it a “wonder-full” life. 

This series, written by Dr. Marcia McFee, is based on the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," and a book entitled Integrating Money and Meaning: Practicses for a Heart-Centered Life" by Maggie Kulyk. 

"Money distorts people's perception of what is important in life, and that is particularly true for the main character, George Bailey.'

February 9 2010 Week Two of “A Wonder-Full Life” “Looking in”