"Singing Guitar." Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. (first Friday), Sanctuary. Featuring Sarah Jebian and John Graham.
The Joy Service
Date: Dec. 6, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. David A. Miller. Music: Houseband. Religious Exploration: Service for all ages. No RE. Nursery care available for infant to age 5 in the Sanctuary Building.
Finding gratitude between the light and the dark
by Rev. David A. Miller. Every day in November, I’ve posted a daily gratitude on Facebook: One quote about gratitude along with my own personal gratitude. Today, on this last day of November, I want to share my final post for the month. Daily Gratitude #30, final November edition – I opened my Facebook feed this morning and it is full of posts on terror, domestic terror, racism, accusations, counter accusations, talk of privilege, pain, frustrations, fear and anger. I often think to myself, how do we balance the need for being informed, aware, engaged and active, with the need for sustenance, spirit, hope and using our energy to lift up that which we would like to see and be. It is a difficult task in good times and even more difficult in times when the world seems to be coming apart at the seams. So here we are, in a season that contrasts the light and the dark, that highlights the intense cruelty that we can inflict on each other and incredible sacrifice for the good of all. We have before us, as we always do, the choice of how we interpret the stories that have been told for millennia and the stories that we hear every day. We have the ability to make decisions about how we feed the energy that wants to tear us apart, or the forces of life that can bring us together. Today, I give my gratitude to those who help me continue striving for peace and justice – not being naive or blind to the struggles. To those who bring sustenance for the work, those who bring forth love and hope, those who create, those who help me bolster my spirit on the darkest of days, those who see the arc of justice and know that it is a longer journey than we can see and yet keep moving. It seems like every day there is something that challenges all of this, and yet, every day offers something that finds its way into the category of amazing. Much love and gratitude to you all, and may we find life in this period of struggle between the light and the dark. May you find places of joy that feed you, for the road may be muddy and rough but we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there, but I must continue to believe we will.Read More >>>