The Morning After Blog
Welcome to the Morning After. Preaching is created and offered and it’s a little awkward because you 'bare your soul' and it’s like you stand there buck naked, share what’s important to you, people get to peek and then walk away! It’s hard because it feels 'one way'. That is, we speak, people listen, and then choose to walk away or wander back, often with little comment one way or the other.
So here is a chance for our Ministers or guest speakers to clarify, and for you to comment and for all of us to learn together! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, questions, or wonderings. This is a free space to engage!
Yesterday, some of us were invited to taste crickets, literally, as a symbol of disgust. ( I do say wine would have helped!) We wondered what 'turns Gods stomach? What makes God disgusted with human behaviour?
I looked at the words of the prophet Amos regarding distaste for worship that doesn't lead to action. He is the one that said, "let justice roll like an ever flowing stream."
I explored the Pope Francis challenging transformation of "church", in his presentation to the US Congress and lifted up his unique ways that speak a sacred truth worth noting. Some will feel surprised that I affirmed the message so much. Many will feel the church hasn't done enough or been enough. I get that. I agree. However, there IS something to a message that humbled and lifted people at the same time. That is what I might call Gospel Wisdom. The gospel convicts with grace. I saw Jesus in all of the Popes week in the USA. For those who feel I am off the mark, write here or call me, I do want to engage and learn more. I do hope you heard and saw his living example of compassion. Is it perfect, no, is it moving an institution that has been stuck a long time, yes! is there MUCH MORE TO MOVE....YES!
What do you think?
On Sunday we began our series on the movie Inside Out. It looks at our emotions and honours them in a unique way.
Fear kicked us off: I wondered with people whether fear was a gift, a good thing?
I know we all fear, but is it possible to encourage us to action?
Is it possible, it is necessary?
Of course first world fear is different than the way many in our world live daily. For me it is about not masking or hiding or ignoring fear, rather it is about living through it. Even embracing it!
Yesterday we had a great service reflecting on Ordinary Time and how we can use this time to notice more - to see the sacred in our ordinary lives and be aware that we are upheld by the Midst (Barbara Brown Taylor).
What are the things you have noticed in this Ordinary Time?
When have you felt God's presence?
What do you do to bring awareness to the sacred in the every day?