Jordan will explore why God’s children are sometimes oppressed and the reassurance God gives to his people that He will deliver them. The sermon will come from Psalm 43:1-3, with a special emphasis on verse two: “For You are the God of my strength; why have you rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
We belong to Mother Earth! May the meditations of our hearts touch our deep gratitude. May our actions embody gentle care as committed stewards of the precious planet. How do we bond together and respond to this absolutely critical calling to connect with and protect the Earth?
Moses had died. God placed Joshua in charge of the Israelites who, after 40 years of wandering, felt trapped in the wilderness. Joshua’s mission was to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land and to take with them the sacred Ark of the Covenant. The problem was they had to cross the powerful Jordan River without a vessel. What were their expectations as they walked towards the water?
For our Ingathering Water Ceremony, we begin the church year anew by celebrating Beloved Community and spiritual practices. Meditation, prayer, walking, knitting, connecting with our brother animals – all are some of the ways in which we might connect with the miracles of life. These spiritual practices both affirm and sustain our very lives.
All are invited to bring water from special summer places – including from your homes. We will pour water into the communal bowl. This in gathering will lift our bodies, minds and spirits.
In this brief presentation, Deborah will talk about the origin of mindfulness meditation and how and why to practice it. She will end with a short guided meditation.
Deborah is a mother and grandmother. She has been studying and practicing meditation for most of her adult life. She is deeply committed to the Insite meditation path espoused by the Buddha and teaches it both to groups in the area and in her private therapy practice.