According to Merriam Webster, transcend means 1) to rise above or extend notably beyond ordinary limits, 2) to outstrip or outdo in some attribute, quality, or power, 3) to be prior to, beyond, and above (the universe or material existence), 4) to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects of
Prayer: Revel in the Mystery by Antonia Bell-Delgado
May we find the courage to revel in the experience of the mystery.
May we approach the unknown with excitement (even if we can only muster a tiny bit).
May we celebrate the curiosity that leads to searching.
May we meet ourselves along the way and love us, unapologetically.
Prayer for When Words Fail by Leslie Takahashi
Calling by Nancy Shaffer
According to Merriam Webster, Sanctuary is
1) a consecrated place: such as
a: the ancient Hebrew temple at Jerusalem or its holy of holies
b(1): the most sacred part of a religious building (such as the part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed)
(2): the room in which general worship services are held
2) a place of refuge and protection
a): a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal
b): the immunity from law attached to a sanctuary
Merriam Webster defines safety as 1) the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss and 2) a device (as on a weapon or a machine) designed to prevent inadvertent or hazardous operation.
The question for me then becomes how can we practice safety and be a safety for all?
“Safety and Security” a sermon by Rev. Tom Capo
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
Merriam Webster defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. The root of the word comes from the Latin “cor” meaning heart. Courage is to me bravery that comes from the heart.
Our reading today is from Marisol Caballero who wrote “Courage requires Vulnerability”
Warmth in Winter
Now has come hard winter,
With whip of wind and slash of snow
and the diamond-bright stars in the black ice of the heavens.
Just as we resist the season with shovel and scraper, wool and windbreaker,
we embrace it with sled and snowboard, cocoa and comforter.
Winter is here: let us find warmth in this time of being together.
As REM said, “Everybody hurts”
But what do we do about it? What do we need? Comfort would be the answer.
Merriam Webster defines Comfort:
1: to give strength and hope to: cheer
2: to ease the grief or trouble of: console
We come to church to find comfort in the fellowship and spirit. We need to bathe in warmth and love. Comfort is necessary to help us keep moving towards all of our goals. We are making ourselves strong for another day when we allow ourselves to be comforted. We are making others strong when we comfort them.
According to Merriam Webster the definition of sacred is
a : dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity b : devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose)
2a : worthy of religious veneration : b : entitled to reverence and respect
Universal Rhythm Benediction By Israel Buffardi
My friends, when you go from here know that our hearts are always in a holy place, for we are always connected to one another.
Know that deep down, our hearts beat in one universal rhythm.
May we each find the sacred space to hear it.
May focusing on what is sacred remind us all that we are sacred.