Let Our Light Shine
We light this candle as a symbol of our faith.
By its light may our vision be illumined;
By its warmth may our fellowship be encouraged;
And by its flame may our yearnings for peace, justice, and the life of the spirit be enkindled.
Joys and Concerns
by Judy Welles
If you woke this morning with a sorrow so heavy that you need the help of this community to carry it;
or if you woke with a joy so great that it simply must be shared, now is the time for you to speak.
For the joys and sorrows that haven’t been spoken, but which remain in the silent sanctuaries of our hearts.
These joys and griefs, spoken and unspoken, weave us together in the fabric of community.
Music: Come Sing a Song With Me
Rev. Joan Van Beceleare, Ohio-Meadville District Executive
Song: Let It Be A Dance
To understand how prayer works, consider the sun, which shines everywhere without hesitation or hindrance. Like God or Buddha, it continuously radiates all its power, warmth, and light without differentiation. When the earth turns, it appears to us that the sun no longer shines. But that has nothing to do with the sun; it’s due to our own position on the shadow side of the earth. If we inhabit a deep, dark mine shaft, it’s not the sun’s fault that we feel cold. Or if we live on the earth’s surface but keep our eyes closed, it’s not the sun’s fault that we don’t see light. The sun’s blessings are all-pervasive, whether we are open to them or not. Through prayer, we come out of the mine shaft, open our eyes, become receptive to enlightened presence, the omnipotent love and compassion that exist for all beings.
– Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, “Prayer”
Thoughts from Last Sunday’s Envisioning
One thing that struck me about our visioning last week was the number of times we used images of light and enlightenment – John’s image of a “lighthouse on a hill”, Loki’s picture of a building with many windows, and many of us saying that we wanted light, glass, and views in our church, and that we wanted it to be open and airy.
I thought about the way windows work in a building. They let the light in, and they let us see out. At night, in the dark, the windows shine out the light within, like a lighthouse or a beacon. I also thought about the way solar lights work. They take in the sun – enlightenment, and, then, in the dark, they give back that energy to light up the path.
We talked about learning, and we talked about being close-knit and loving, but most of all we talked about not only being welcoming and accepting, but also reaching out. We talked about wanting enlightenment, but also about being a light.
Sharing/ Deep Listening
What thoughts did you have about our visioning last week?
What if anything have we still left out that is important to us?
This Little Light of Mine
Joan Van Becelaere