Sacred Space – Advent 3

Worship Time
10:00 AM
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East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
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First Reading   Isaiah 35: 1-10 (NRSVUE)

Reader: The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and shouting.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear!  Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be opened;

then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert;

the burning sand shall become a pool
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp;
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for Gods people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.

No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Second Reading   Luke 1: 46b-55 (NRSVUE)|
Reader:  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant.
Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed,

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

indeed, his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones
and lifted the lowly.

he has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.

He has come to the aid of his child Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Advent 3: Sacred Space
11 December 2022
The Rev Dr Dianne ES Carpenter
Luke 1: 46b-55

The pregnancy of Mary is connected to the promise of justice and joy in the readings this week. Mary’s womb becomes a sacred space for the gestation of grace that moves into, and is transforming, the world. We will ponder the spaces we inhabit at home, work, and community, asking whether they are feeding, nurturing, and reflecting the freedom and joy that is so desperately needed.

When my daughter and I were in seminary in the early 80s I was the music director at Watertown UMC.  Nicole was in elementary school, and she was Mary in the Nativity pageant one year.  The unique costume for Mary is the blue head scarf.  While purple for Royalty and repentance  has been the color of Advent and Lent traditionally.  In some churches Advent has been changed to the blue of Mary. One of those churches was Franklin where I served before retiring in 2018 and my worship director made me this blue stole.

The Sarum Rite was the original basis for the liturgy of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and where blue was used for the color of Advent.  It was often specified that it be an indigo to represent the darkness before the birth.  Early art shows church leaders in ornately decorated blue robes.  Shades of blue symbolize royalty, the coming of the King, hope, the night sky before the dawn, the sea before creation, and Mary.  Remember early dyes were made from nature.  Some historians suggest that northern European dyes were made from berries that produced blue while southern Europe was able to make purple dyes.

Tradition puts the rose-colored candle in the Advent wreath—not to symbolize Mary, but to reflect the lessening emphasis on penitence, the nearing of the end of the fast, the pending birth, and the second coming. Rose or pink represents joy.  The 3rd Sunday in Advent marks the halfway point, and we are allowed to be excited for the coming event.  In the Roman Catholic tradition, it is called Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin for “rejoice.”  It takes its name from one of the traditional readings from Philippians which begins, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”

Justice – depicted as a blindfolded woman is cause to rejoice and so the symbols and the colors of the day come together during the 3rd week of Advent.  Making a place for the growth of justice and joy–deep and abiding goodness–is the archetypal feminine divine presence in this Advent faith story.

Mary so completely embodies the victims of her age –a member of a conquered people, caught up in a census to extract tribute for the invading culture rather than a safety net or representation for the impoverished and disinherited.  Mary was not a “person” in the legal sense.  She was dependent on the promises of her God and the largess of her husband.

Mary’s Magnificat is a staple of Advent, often on this third Sunday in which we highlight joy. The song is a “power ballad” in the terminology of musical theater. Power ballads are songs in shows that hold so much emotion, and can fill the theater with amazing energy, bringing the joyful, now-convicted audience to their feet. They are often found just before intermission or at the end of the show. I would say that Mary’s power ballad is the former, coming before the birth, sung with a full belly pregnant with possibility. She “brings it,” as we say, and her “yes” to providing a Sacred Place for the holy inspires us to our own “yes” to adore, create, and nurture places where goodness is born.

Mary magnifies the Lord, proclaiming God’s greatness and rejoicing in God as Savior. She begins with God’s actions in her own life, for in choosing her to be the mother of the Messiah, the Mighty One has indeed “done great things for” her. Now she recognizes with awe that all generations will call her blessed.

In our culture #blessed has become a meme, and “feeling blessed” makes regular appearances in Facebook posts. People tweet images or post pictures of themselves enjoying a delicious meal or an exotic vacation or a shopping spree at their favorite store. “Blessed” has come to mean living a life of privilege and comfort. Using the term has become a way of celebrating those moments when everything is going well and all seems right with the world — or at least one’s own little corner of it.

The blessedness that Mary celebrates stands in stark contrast to our culture’s attitude. By our standards she does not look at all blessed. As she will soon learn from Simeon if she hasn’t perceived it already, being the mother of the messiah is scarcely an unmixed blessing. She will bear the unspeakable grief of watching as her son is rejected, shamed, and crucified: “This child is destined for the falling and rising of many in Israel … and a sword will pierce your own soul too” (Luke 2:34–35). Despite all this, Mary praises God for honoring her.

Mary sings about the God who saves not just souls, but embodied people. The God she celebrates is not content merely to point people toward heaven; God’s redemptive work begins here on earth. God fills the hungry not only with hope, but with food. Rather than being satisfied with comforting the lowly, Mary’s Lord lifts them up, granting them dignity and honor, a seat at the table and a voice in the conversation. At the same time, God shows strength by disrupting the world’s power structures, dethroning rulers, and humbling the mighty.

Both in Mary’s song and in Jesus’ ministry we see the God who loves us as we are but does not leave us as we are.  He heals the lepers and unites them with their community.   Zacchaeus, especially, shows us God’s saving love in action. Jesus brings Zacchaeus down from his wealth and up from his shame as a tax collector. In the process he frees him. Salvation has come to his house (Luke 19:9).

Mary’s song magnifies the Savior who loves the whole world with a love that makes creation whole. God’s saving judgment is for all of us, bringing us down from the pride that fills us with ourselves until we can’t see either God or neighbor, bringing us up from the shame that distorts our worldview and convinces us that no one — not even God — could love us. The mother of the Messiah has experienced God’s blessing. She is not #blessed. Her blessing, like ours, is a cross-shaped blessing,

This week’s focus on Sacred Places points us to the places within ourselves as well as places in our homes and organizations, not to mention Mother Earth as needing our recognition of sacrality and justice.  Concern for the planet and for our social fabric.  This is not so much about gender, but about the capacity to create something and to nurture it to fullness.

Rohr says that “creation is the First Bible, and it existed for 13.7 billion years before the second Bible was written” (page 12, Universal Christ). I invite us to look closely at their surroundings and to see the sacred reflected there. Rohr’s theology is a form of panentheism. This is different from pantheism in that he does not say all things are God. But God is in all things. This is a really important distinction!

[All of creation] is Real Presence.” We could call it the primordial Christification” or anointing of the universe at Creation. This is not pantheism (God is everything), but panentheism (God is in everything!). Such a central message of cosmic incarnation was never seriously taught in the Western, overly individualistic church, except by a few like Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), and Bonaventure (1221-1274). It was much more common in the Eastern Church, especially in early scholars and mystics like Maximus the Confessor, Gregory of Nyssa, and Symeon the New Theologian.

Inspired by the more contemporary mystic scientist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Franciscan sister and scientist Ilia Delio writes: “Christ invests himself organically within all creation, immersing himself in things, in the heart of matter, and thus unifying the world. The universe is physically impregnated to the very core of its matter by the influence of his superhuman nature. Everything is physically ‘Christified,’ gathered up by the incarnate Word as nourishment that assimilates, transforms, and divinizes. [Ilia Delio,

The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love (Orbis Books: 2013), 2] the 14th century German mystic Meister Eckhart asked a rather provocative question for his time when he wrote what is the good of Mary giving birth to the son of God all those years ago if I do not give birth to God today. We are all mothers of God he writes, or God is always needing to be born. we are all mothers of God where God is always needing to be born more recently grace Jansen wrote in her book Becoming Divine that maybe we should think about shifting our focus in our theology from being preoccupied with violence and sacrifice and death and built upon mortality and instead be preoccupied with birth and the wonder and the hope and possibility that comes with that. She asked a similar question what Christianity would look like if the focus were birth not death, human flourishing not suffering, and this world not the next.

Advent is a time for pondering those kinds of questions as you and I prepare for Jesus to be born anew in our hearts.  Can we make Mary’s song our song and live like we believe that God can turn the world around? are we willing to partner with God to help that happen?  Are we willing to walk away empty so that the hungry may be filled and you and focus on birthing God into the world each day by the choices that we make?

I believe the answer to all those questions is yes but like Mary we must have courage we must have the confidence of our faith my soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for the Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is his the name.

Perhaps the shiny decorations on our Christmas tree will remind us that the universe is physically impregnated to the very core of its matter. It is anointed from its beginning “Christified.” May our community and its surroundings shine with the reflection of the sacred, and may our own eyes be anointed to see it.

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Sacred Time – Advent 2

Worship Time
10:00 AM
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

First Reading – Romans 13: 11-14 (The Message)

Reader: Make sure that you dont get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We cant afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Dont loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

Second Reading – Matthew 24: 36-44 (NRSVUE)

Reader:
But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so, too, will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken, and one will be left. Keep awake, therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

 

Sacred Time
27 November 2022
The Rev Dr Dianne ES Carpenter
Mathew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14

What is time?  According to Einstein, Time is the 4th dimension.  To describe anything you need a location in space [length, width, height] or [latitude, longitude and altitude] and in time.  With these 4 pieces of information, we can identify an “Event.”  Jesus was born [became incarnate: i.e. human] in Bethlehem when a star appeared in the sky ….  An event!  We are a little unsure about the date, but the Magi understood they had to get moving if they were to be part of the Christ “event”.   

Human beings can only occupy one location at any time.  Jesus was completely human – for 33 years our Biblical account never says that he was seen in 2 places at the same moment.  However, Jesus was completely divine and has been present throughout time beginning with creation and will be in time until the end of time!  Christ Jesus is present with us even now.  Time is an interesting concept.

What will you do with time this week?

Yesterday at 2:50 I ran up the stairs here at church and my Fitbit digital watch was doing the jig on my wrist to signify it had recorded 10,000 steps!  I had been using time since 8 in the morning to get here and prepare the sanctuary for our worship event!

The busy-ness of the holiday season can overrun the sense of the sacred. Will you be BUSY this week…. The irony is that setting apart time for connection with the sacred gets pushed aside in order to create the trappings of what is supposed to be the season of celebrating the incarnation of the Holy!

Advent as a liturgical season has taken on the concept of “waiting” as a predominant theological idea. It is as if we get to the first Sunday of Advent and all of a sudden, we are back to a time when Jesus is not present “yet.”

This Advent we will journey toward Christmas by emphasizing the gift of being awake to the “now” … the gift of sacred time with God, with each other, and with those in need of Hope.

“Sacred” means “set apart” Thus “Sacred time” is time “set apart” for our relationship with God: the one who is “omni-temporal”.

Before the Christ “event” in Jerusalem… God’s people awaited the establishment of the Kingdom – they got bored, they misunderstood, they chose lesser Gods – so Jesus – the “Christ event” was God’s act of reconciliation – a wake-up call, an invitation to continue to be creators in relationship with God.  God who was in creation from the beginning of time poured God-self into Jesus to rescue creation.

Richard Rohr, in a work called The Universal Christ invites us to see the unique “Christ event” as the fullness of everything, always and already present.  Into this “Christ-soaked” world Jesus was born.

Perhaps what we really wait for is ourselves–to fully know the presence of the sacred reflected in everything and in us. So in a sense, we can say that we “wait,” but the waiting is an active revealing if we will only say yes to the invitation to an “archetypal spiritual journey” into the idea that we are all “en Cristo,” moving from what we thought we always knew to what we now fully recognize (page 40, Universal Christ).

The time of reflection/contemplation at the beginning of each worship experience this year may feel welcome for some and a bit fidgety for others.  Sometimes we feel discomfort when we slow down or try to relax, empty, and just “be.” We more easily translate being “awake” as doing something. What if “attentiveness” and “keeping awake” was less about hyper-vigilance and more about allowing a non-anxious stance for this season where awe and wonder take the lead? A time in which our attentiveness is geared to recognizing the reflected light of Christ (“the day is near”)?

In this time before Christmas, we are not “waiting” for Jesus, but we are practicing “attentiveness” to the Holy reflected in the people and nature around us.  We can let things be mysterious, we can wonder, we can open our hearts to Christ present in our lifetime.  This Sunday we celebration Jesus: The Hope of the World.  As mystics have known in every faith practice: contemplation allows us to approach the “Sacred”.

The scriptures for this week can conjure up anxiety or confident hope.  Perhaps you were aware of the “Left Behind” series from the 1990s and early 21st Century [1995-2007] that focuses on the Matthew passages at v.39 and following… This apocalyptical, doomsday drama can cloud the confidence that is described beautifully in Rohr’s Advent reflections:

The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves.”  [repeat]

How will we engage the idea that all of time is “pregnant” and full of the possibility for reflecting the sacred?

We must stop in a moment and notice it- time is “pregnant” and full of the possibility for reflecting the sacred.

What does it mean to be pregnant:  to be full of possibilities.
Sacred time is full of possibilities that we haven’t seen ….

We can Marvel at something.
Take a deep breath. Light a candle. Listen to favorite music.

Speak of the deepest things we know with a friend.
“Spend” a bit of time to make life better for someone or some place. Any of these activities are the way we turn what is often a busy season into a journey toward deeper connection to the universal Christ. 

Rohr reminds us, we are never actually separated from the presence of God–from the sacred–except in our mind’s incessant activity.

“I have never been separated from God, nor can I be, except in my mind.” (Page 44, The Universal Christ)

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508 432-3734
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A message from our Pastor – December 2022

Worship Time
10:00 AM
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

A Message from Pastor Dianne

To the People of God at Harwich United Methodist Church

December is upon us – the season of lights!  Starlight and candlelights.  The dawn of the Son of God is remembered with joy by all creation. 

The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and the shadow of death,
on them, a light has dawned. 
(Matthew 4:16, quoting Isaiah 9:1-2)

For Matthew, the coming of Jesus was the dawning of redeeming grace, breaking into deep spiritual darkness. Our world is still engulfed by it.

This year, as every year, trees inside and whole houses outside will be covered in lights. In our post-Christian world, Christmas is an annual reminder that deep within the human heart is the need for light—spiritual as well as physical—in order to have life.

The darkness can be expressed as a belief that ultimately, life has neither inherent nor transcendent meaning, purpose, or goal. Some people try to live with that intolerable perspective.  This Christmastime you may encounter people who like Scrooge have tried to isolate or insulate themselves from the joy of the season, who may have experienced loss and with it hopelessness.

Know that you have good news to share. For Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). God loves to bring light into dark places. At creation, He said, “Let there be light.” In the darkness of Mary’s womb, the Light of the world was conceived.  Later, in the darkness of Calvary, Jesus died only to rise again as the Dawn.

So today, Jesus, the Light of the World, tells us, “You are the light of the world.” Christians are miniature reflecting lights, illuminating the path that leads to Christ. He becomes visible in the speech, demeanor, relationships, and family lives that reflect him. By these simple means he draws others—often unwittingly and at first unwillingly—to himself.

Christmas, then, is a time to celebrate that Jesus is still the Light of the World. And it is a time to pray that the way we celebrate him will reflect his love to others and that some who approach this Christmas in spiritual darkness will experience for themselves the great joy of the dawn of redeeming grace.

Peace, joy, and love,

Pastor Dianne 2022

 

 

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Sacred Time

Worship Time
10:00 AM
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

First Reading – Romans 13: 11-14 (The Message)

Reader: Make sure that you dont get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We cant afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Dont loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

Second Reading – Matthew 24: 36-44 (NRSVUE)


Reader: But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so, too, will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken, and one will be left. Keep awake, therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

 

Sacred Time
27 November 2022
The Rev Dr Dianne ES Carpenter
Mathew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14

 

What is time?  According to Einstein, Time is the 4th dimension.  To describe anything you need a location in space [length, width, height] or [latitude, longitude and altitude] and in time.  With these 4 pieces of information, we can identify an “Event.”  Jesus was born [became incarnate: i.e. human] in Bethlehem when a star appeared in the sky ….  An event!  We are a little unsure about the date, but the Magi understood they had to get moving if they were to be part of the Christ “event”.   

Human beings can only occupy one location at any time.  Jesus was completely human – for 33 years our Biblical account never says that he was seen in 2 places at the same moment.  However, Jesus was completely divine and has been present throughout time beginning with creation and will be in time until the end of time!  Christ Jesus is present with us even now.  Time is an interesting concept.

What will you do with time this week?

Yesterday at 2:50 I ran up the stairs here at church and my Fitbit digital watch was doing the jig on my wrist to signify it had recorded 10,000 steps!  I had been using time since 8 in the morning to get here and prepare the sanctuary for our worship event!

The busy-ness of the holiday season can overrun the sense of the sacred. Will you be BUSY this week…. The irony is that setting apart time for connection with the sacred gets pushed aside in order to create the trappings of what is supposed to be the season of celebrating the incarnation of the Holy!

Advent as a liturgical season has taken on the concept of “waiting” as a predominant theological idea. It is as if we get to the first Sunday of Advent and all of a sudden, we are back to a time when Jesus is not present “yet.”

This Advent we will journey toward Christmas by emphasizing the gift of being awake to the “now” … the gift of sacred time with God, with each other, and with those in need of Hope.

“Sacred” means “set apart” Thus “Sacred time” is time “set apart” for our relationship with God: the one who is “omni-temporal”.

Before the Christ “event” in Jerusalem… God’s people awaited the establishment of the Kingdom – they got bored, they misunderstood, they chose lesser Gods – so Jesus – the “Christ event” was God’s act of reconciliation – a wake-up call, an invitation to continue to be creators in relationship with God.  God who was in creation from the beginning of time poured God-self into Jesus to rescue creation.

Richard Rohr, in a work called The Universal Christ invites us to see the unique “Christ event” as the fullness of everything, always and already present.  Into this “Christ-soaked” world Jesus was born.

Perhaps what we really wait for is ourselves–to fully know the presence of the sacred reflected in everything and in us. So in a sense, we can say that we “wait,” but the waiting is an active revealing if we will only say yes to the invitation to an “archetypal spiritual journey” into the idea that we are all “en Cristo,” moving from what we thought we always knew to what we now fully recognize (page 40, Universal Christ).

The time of reflection/contemplation at the beginning of each worship experience this year may feel welcome for some and a bit fidgety for others.  Sometimes we feel discomfort when we slow down or try to relax, empty, and just “be.” We more easily translate being “awake” as doing something. What if “attentiveness” and “keeping awake” was less about hyper-vigilance and more about allowing a non-anxious stance for this season where awe and wonder take the lead? A time in which our attentiveness is geared to recognizing the reflected light of Christ (“the day is near”)?

In this time before Christmas, we are not “waiting” for Jesus, but we are practicing “attentiveness” to the Holy reflected in the people and nature around us.  We can let things be mysterious, we can wonder, we can open our hearts to Christ present in our lifetime.  This Sunday we celebration Jesus: The Hope of the World.  As mystics have known in every faith practice: contemplation allows us to approach the “Sacred”.

The scriptures for this week can conjure up anxiety or confident hope.  Perhaps you were aware of the “Left Behind” series from the 1990s and early 21st Century [1995-2007] that focuses on the Matthew passages at v.39 and following… This apocalyptical, doomsday drama can cloud the confidence that is described beautifully in Rohr’s Advent reflections:

The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves.”  [repeat]

How will we engage the idea that all of time is “pregnant” and full of the possibility for reflecting the sacred?

We must stop in a moment and notice it- time is “pregnant” and full of the possibility for reflecting the sacred.

What does it mean to be pregnant:  to be full of possibilities.
Sacred time is full of possibilities that we haven’t seen ….

We can Marvel at something.
Take a deep breath. Light a candle. Listen to favorite music.

Speak of the deepest things we know with a friend.
“Spend” a bit of time to make life better for someone or some place. Any of these activities are the way we turn what is often a busy season into a journey toward deeper connection to the universal Christ. 

Rohr reminds us, we are never actually separated from the presence of God–from the sacred–except in our mind’s incessant activity.

“I have never been separated from God, nor can I be, except in my mind.” (Page 44, The Universal Christ)

1 Church St, Harwich, MA 02645
508 432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

 

A message from our Pastor – October 2022

Worship Time
10:00 AM
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

A Message from Pastor Dianne

To the People of God at Harwich,

PARTY!!!!!

November is my favorite month!  For years it was all about PARTYing.  My birthday is in November; Thanksgiving is in November.  Then my grandchild decided to be born in November!  Upstaging me and Thanksgiving by a week… more reasons to party.

So…I’m away from November 1st– 8th with my daughter in Arizona, and I am leaving you in charge to continue the ministry in this place we call Cape Cod.  But I’ll be back, and I hope to find everything is running fine and we are ready to think about The All Church Annual Conference (the 16th), The Fair (the 19th)  ,Thanksgiving Sunday (the 20th),  Advent (beginning the 27th,) and Christmas Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.  In case you need anything, Rev. Purdy is available.

That’s kinda what Jesus said to His disciples one day: “This journey has been great but I’m returning to the Father and I’m leaving you in charge to continue the ministry on Earth…Break bread and drink wine in my name remembering me (It’ll be a Party of Remembrance)…but I’ll be back and I expect you will continue healing and making disciples In MY Name- at a Party it’s “the More the Merrier”.  It will be fine. I’m sending my Holy Spirit to empower you for this work.”

We have a full calendar for November, and I hope to see some of you at each event. 

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Dianne

 

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