Prayer

I haven’t posted in a while, and i am not always recorded, but this was sent to me last month, and we need it now. It is filled with mis-speaking, and opens with a technical glitch . but please join this conversation…

Prayer.

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” fills our social media as well as the mouths of politicians and journalists…emojis of praying hands fill out text messages, and activists carry signs like “no more thoughts, no more prayers, time for action”
but What really is prayer and what does it mean to really pray?

When I was a little girl, I was read a wonderful bedtime story by Margaret Wise Brown, no not Good Night Moon… but A Child’s Good Night Book, and it ended with a prayer…

Dear Father, hear and bless
Thy beasts and singing birds
And guard with tenderness
Small things that have no words…

we need this now, please listen

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Souls: Who Gets Them….

Because of my ministry with animals and my involvement in animal assisted interventions, very week someone asks me if i think that pets go to heaven… so rather than give glib answers, i decided to delve deeply into the question….

and what i found surprised me… and gives me reason for hope and sacred activism.

This sermon, with its companion story are the result…

please listen, please ponder, please help raise up our holy world.

The Real and True Story of Emerald the Frog

Souls: Who Gets Them,,,who doesn’t

 

 

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Everywhere 

god is before me

god always has my back

Everywhere I look I see god 

even on a blank sheet of white paper.

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RISE UP!

Rise Up!  A sermon for Spring, for Passover, for Easter and Hope

delivered at All Souls Unitarian Universalist of Putnam, in Palatka, Florida

April 21, 2019

 

The reading was Maya Angelous’s Rise Up

The Story for the Ages was  Ostara, Goddess of the Dawn and the Bird Who Could Not Fly

(i hope to have a video of it soon)

The Meditation was on “Seeds of Hope”, inspired by a UU Wonderbox story where we had many sunflowers of many kinds lining the front of the altar, and gave sunflower seeds in folded flower packets to everyone.

Often, we think of Spring as a time of new beginnings and new starts, a time of renewal and tender growth.  Every culture has them, but I believe what all these stories of Spring might have in common is Hope.

Have you ever hoped for something? … can you remember a time when something you hoped for happened?  That is the essence of Springtime Hope.

the hymn’s was: Blackbird by the Beatles and

the sung prayer was Spirit of Life by Carolyn McDade

 

 

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LOVE! a story about 2 mice

More and more i find myself in deep meditations and ponderings on Love, unconditional, conditional, how our love stories are shaped and how they shape us.

enjoy! share! thank you!

first a story of two mice:

two-mice

next: a sermon about Love. stay tuned!

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little grrl lost

we all get lost now and then….

 

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trust

last Sunday i had the honor of the pulpit at All Souls Unitarian Universalist of Putnam County

it was one of the most difficult services i have ever done.

The Story for all Ages came to me in a journey dream inspired by many ancient stories of trust. please watch and share, stories work best told and heard.

I started writing this sermon two weeks ago… the working title was ‘Truth and Trust: In the current conversations of truth, truthiness and what is fake news…
What is the Good News? What does it mean to Trust?’

Then on Valentine’s Day came the Parkland Massacre, to simply call it a shooting belies what occurred, and is still occurring for those living with the trauma. I then rewrote it on that Wednesday, and again on Thursday, and again and again – for we clergy have all written too many of these sermons these days… but this one is different. It broke me open. and i am not alone. perhaps you are feeling a bit broken too… this is for you, all of You.

 

We sang hymn #34 in the hymnal “Singing the Living Tradition”, also known as # 693 in the Presbytarian hymnal, and #372 in the United.
‘Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire”

and we closed with the same tune,  new lyrics

by Carolyn Winfrey Gillet “If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers

 

Go in Peace, Go in Love
knowing you are loved.
deeply. authentically. originally.

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