Pastor Rick: September 19

We have begun an important conversation about worship on Sunday mornings during our time for adult spiritual formation. This Sunday morning time for adults is different than what we used to do in the Adult Forum. The Forum was particularly challenging intellectually and we worked a lot “in our heads.” But there is knowledge and wisdom that also emanates from the heart and from the spirit. I would like to encourage all our adults to engage in this in-depth exploration of The Spirituality of Worship. What we are doing during this hour can help to shape our understanding of what worship is, why we do it and how we do it. As Thelma Parodi has reminded us more than once, worship is the “practice of the presence of God.” How do we experience God’s presence? How do we discern what God is communicating to us? How do we identify where God is leading us? How do we say “Thy will be done,” “help,” “please” and “thank you” to the One who made us and, through grace, is constantly drawing us back into that Oneness? It would be beneficial to you personally and to the congregation as a whole to have your participation in this conversation that is vital to our future.

We continue our journey through the book of James, considering this week what it might mean to be “born of wisdom.” James has some timely thoughts especially for us, immersed as we are in this high political season. “Who is wise and understanding among you?” James asks and then responds, “Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.” A lovely turn of phrase, a challenging word to follow. How can we navigate this world in which we live as people whose lives are “born of wisdom,” the wisdom that comes from God and promises to transform the world?

Let us join together in song and prayer, in word and the search for wisdom as we worship and work on our spiritual formation. See you at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary. Bring a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor (or three!) to join us. Strangers are welcome, too!

May God bless us and keep us on the way,

Pastor Rick

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