Merriam Webster defines mercy as compassion or forbearanc; lenient or compassionate treatment; a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion; a fortunate circumstance; or compassionate treatment of those in distress.
In “Seeking Mercy, Seeking Home” Rev. Erika A. Hewitt discusses immigration and mercy.
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Merriam Webster defines focus as
a point of concentration, directed attention, or a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding.
Focus by Erin Elizabeth Casey
Day 2: What Technology are you grateful for?
Sometimes we can feel weird about technology and wonder if it is good or bad. Anne Welsbacher does just that in her sermon The Tao of Ipod, perhaps it can help us all come to a better relationship with our technology.
In the month of November people tend to focus on gratitude and thankfulness. While this should be a practice all year, Thanksgiving makes November an easy target. This November we are going to do a gratitude challenge. We hope you will join us.
Today’s question is what smell are you grateful for today?
Here is a meditation from Braver/Wiser called Petrichor by Alex Haider-Winnett.
We’re sorry we missed you, but if you’d like to know what we did in church today, August 12, 2018, the full service is up here.
Prelude: “By Your Grace – Jai Gurudev” by Krishna Das
Welcome: Call from Beyond By Susan Maginn
Welcome Song: #361 Enter Rejoice and Come In
Chalice Lighting: Come, yet again, come By Anne Slater
Song: Come, Come Whoever You Are
Offering and Response (Unison)
For the gifts which we have received—and the gifts which we, ourselves, are—may we be truly grateful. Yet more than that, may we be committed to using these gifts to make a difference in the world: to increase love and justice; to decrease hatred and oppression; to expand beloved community; to share, and to keep sharing, as long as ever we can. Amen.
Lesson Part 1 : Why Meditate?
If you google, Why Meditate, you will get a lot of answers, from a lot of places. The same is true if you were to Google, benefits of meditation.
Meditation helps reduce stress and therefore helps to reduce anxiety and raise productivity.
Meditation helps you focus.
Meditation opens up your mind to new possibilities.
Meditation can help you sleep better.
Meditation increases a sense of connection to yourself and to others.
Meditation increases our ability to get out there and connect with others as a result of feeling more connected to ourselves and clearer and more confident about what is happening inside us.
Video from the Dalai Lama
What is prayer? According to Wikipedia, “Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. Prayer can be a form of religious practice, may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private.” Prayer is seen as definitively religious. Prayer can be healing. Prayer can be a destination for our thoughts. There are as many ways to prayers as there are people who pray.
Beliefnet collected The Essential Prayers of World Religions. They are the Refuge Prayer from Buddhism, the Lord’s Prayer from Christianity, the Faitha from Islam, the Gayatri Mantra from Hinduism, and the Shema from Judaism.
Some people sing. Some people use prayer beads. Some color mandalas. Some pray out loud. Some pray silently.
“The Atheist Prays” by Barbara J. Pescan wrestles with the questions about praying when you are unsure if anyone is listening.
I am going to leave you with a song from Kesha’s new album.
Peace and Prayers,