Archive for February 1st, 2012

Dear Kindred in the Spirit,

The Epiphany Season celebrates the journey of the wise ones to visit the Christ child. But it’s also about our journeys to insight, enlightenment, and to moments of discovery. In our worship series, “Bread, Bath and Beyond,” we’re reflecting on how we can move beyond our limitations. As we consider moving beyond the horizon into unknown territory and beyond the boundaries we have set for ourselves (and those set for us by others), blogger Jan Richardson at The Painted Prayerbook offers this blessing for our journey.

For Those Who Have Far to Travel: An Epiphany Blessing

If you could see the journey whole
you might never undertake it;
might never dare the first step
that propels you from the place
you have known toward the place
you know not.

Call it one of the mercies of the road:
that we see it only by stages
as it opens before us,
as it comes into our keeping
step by single step.

There is nothing for it but to go
and by our going
take the vows the pilgrim takes:
to be faithful to the next step;
to rely on more than the map;
to heed the signpost of intuition and dream;
to follow the star that only you will recognize;
to keep an open eye for the wonders that attend the path;
to press on
beyond distractions
beyond fatigue
beyond what would tempt you from the way.

Whatever resolution you have for yourself this new year, or whatever change you have in mind, whatever label you want to get beyond, or whatever destination you’re headed to, you are accompanied by your faith.

ELUMC invites you to make mission a part of the next step on your path. Build community and cultivate relationships with others by being curious about what their concerns and hopes are for the region (if you need an interview sheet to help you or record the answers, there are copies in the office). And on President’s Day Weekend (Feb 18-20), you’re invited to help with storm recovery efforts in Springfield. We’re partnering with our brothers and sisters at St. Mark’s Episcopal and leaving from their parking lot at 9 a.m. each day with a orientation/organization meal on Friday night Feb 17. (Register this week. Download the registration form here and return it to St. Mark’s by next week.)

2012 is the year for us to GET OUT and INTO THE COMMUNITY and we want every member of ELUMC to be involved in mission.


P.S. Respond to the following question (Leave a comment below, or on the ELUMC facebook page) :

What things create “hype” in our culture or distract us from the “main things” of our faith?

Your answers will be featured in a litany of distractions at our 2/12 worship service.


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