Good News, January 26, 2012

Friends:

Integrating Healing into a ParishI believe that grace’s empowerment is present in all true healings, in deliverance of all kinds, and in any movement toward wholeness and love and freedom, however great or small.  It is present in physical and psychological healing, in social and political reconciliation, in cultural and scientific breakthrough, in spiritual deliverance from evil, in religious repentance and conversion, and in the ongoing process of spiritual growth.  It is present where love really grows.  In every situation, grace enables us to make necessary initial changes and to continue, over time, to nurture those changes in creative, constructive ways. (Gerald May, MD)

This Sunday will be our next Healing Prayer Sunday.  The Healing Prayer Team has participated in creating this liturgy and I trust you will find it very comforting and meaningful.

February 5 will be a Partnership Celebration Sunday.  Our Partners in Lwamondo Parish, South Africa and in Laurel Galan, Nicaragua will share prayers and blessings with us on that day too.  A truly Global Church affirmation!  Members of Vukani Mawethu Choir will provide the music for that day.  They are a joy you won’t want to miss.

Small and Tall Worship – our next Family Service especially designed for the children – will happen on Sunday, February 12.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on February 5 after worship in the Sanctuary.  Your participation is desired.

What blessings have come through the Bible 365 experience.  It was great to see all the class members gathered around the altar last Sunday.  Our thanks to Pr. Elizabeth for her initiation and leadership of this class.  The class stirred endless questions and new perspectives.  It also confirms why the faith is not anti-intellectual or “blind” but a probing exploration or exposure of what it means to be human.  Continue to ask the probing questions and expect surprising insights.  Thanks to Pr. Elizabeth for all the gifts and challenges Bible 365 offered!

Fifty years ago Bob Dylan began singing in Greenwich Village and Peter Benenson, a British lawyer, founded Amnesty International – an organization dedicated to identifying and freeing political prisoners who are imprisoned for speaking their conscience.  Aren’t you glad both opened their mouths, minds and hearts!   Please keep all political prisoners in your prayers.  Join Amnesty if you wish.

The link for our Abba/Imma Chi prayer can be found at:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE59xtyGds8

Keep praying and practicing!

Time for some humor from Dana Squire:

One Sunday morning a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church to which he replied, “I’m not going.”
“Why not?” she asked.  I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said.

1), They don’t like me, and 2) I don’t like them.”
His mother replied, “I’ll give you two good reasons why you SHOULD go to church:
1) You’re 39 years old and 2)  . . . . . .  you’re the pastor!”

The Picnic:

A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town’s annual 4th of July picnic.  Old friends, they began their usual banter.
“This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. “You really ought to try it. I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don’t know what you’re missing. You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?”
The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, “At your wedding.”