Come rejoice in the coming of summer with our special Beltane celebration. May begins the season of light. It is a time of cleansing, of opening the windows and doors to the warmth of the sun and connecting with the sun’s energy. The ancient feast of Beltane celebrates this season of possibilities and energizes us to prosper in the summer sun. Weather permitting, we will dance around the Maypole during Fellowship Hour.
Whether you believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus, or not, Easter provides a powerful truth about the possibility of rising again. Loss, pain and agony quite often subside and make way for resurrections both small and big. How can we move our doubts and skepticism out of the way and let grace happen?
Dayenu (“it would have been enough”) is a song that is part of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Jesus Christ Has Risen Today is a Christian Easter hymn. These songs and other element of these two powerful religious holidays can guide us to a healthy, balanced, and life giving self-esteem. To sing “it would have been enough,” for example, is to say we must live into the eternal now. And, in like manner to proclaim that the spirit of love can arise from suffering and defeat, is to witness to the Easter message. This Sunday we will explore and celebrate these seasonal lessons.
Rev. Stephen Shick is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson where he served as Senior Minister. As a parish minister he has also served our congregations in Haverhill, MA and Portland, ME. He is author of two Skinner House books, Be the Change and Consider the Lilies.
This line from a Walt Whitman poem, “Song of the Open Road” speaks to the value of healthy self-esteem. What happens when our self-esteem gets too small? We don’t believe we are good fortune. What happens when our ego gets too big? We think we are better than others and forget they too are good fortune. How do we balance out the dial in a spiritually vibrant way?
On this day we will celebrate all of our great fortune in having Beverly Gross Spencer singing as our lead Alto at USG for 26 years! We will highlight Bev’s talents and sing her praises.