This Sunday, we will have a healing service at The Crossing. We will talk about healing vs curing and will have an anointing ritual. Please tell your friends to join us regardless of their denominational affiliation or belief. All are welcome!
Tonight we talked about our theology of music. In particular, we discussed how, in a world whose theology has seemed to have “moved on,” how can we still enjoy the old gospel songs that mean so much to us? We looked at a number of these gospel greats and explored how we can still see them as having great meaning and being a source of hope. We learned that we can still gain strength from these songs regardless of whether our eschatology points to a better place beyond the clouds or right here in this life.
We listened to and sang a number of the greats together. We were also treated with a pleasant surprise when our friend Larry showed up and played a great bluesy version of Amazing Grace. Thanks Larry!
In two weeks we will have a healing service at The Crossing. This service will be a healing service for emotional hurt, broken relationships, or anything else that causes pain inside us. We will do a healing liturgy along with anointing.
Sometimes we focus on the action or person that hurts us and not the result that festers inside us. Often times we confuse healing with curing and fail to realize that healing can happen in spite of the lack of a solution. Come and join us we experience healing, even where there is no cure.
In this service we talked about seeing the Divine in the ordinary. We discussed how simple it is to overlook God right in front of our eyes. In life events, in rituals, in nature surrounding us we can find the Divine manifest in and around us but can miss it because of our preconceived notions of what God can be. Please look here if you would like to see the message.
In this service, we focused on opening our minds to new ideas. We often have our minds wrapped around the ideas that we were raised with and it becomes extremely difficult to see new possibilities. To illustrate this, we talked about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in which Socrates is explaining to his student Glaucon about wisdom. He gives the example of people who are chained in a cave with their heads immovable. There is a fire behind them and a wall in front of them. As people pass over the walkway behind them, their shadows are cast on the wall and they see this as their only reality. When one of them is freed, he is shocked by the real world outside and finds it very difficult to reshape his conception of reality even though he is looking right at it. With good music and a mind-freeing ritual, we are hopefully one step closer to being enlightened.
Last night we talked about the Exodus story. We discussed how, regardless of its facticity, the Exodus story happens every day in our own lives. For the full message please look here. During the service, we did a “ritual” to help us to experience our own personal Exodus with a beginning liturgy:
A famine caused me to leave home and go to a foreign land. I was enslaved there and finally escaped but have been wandering in the desert. Tonight I am crossing the Jordan and going home.
______ was my famine, and _______ is my Pharaoh. If I were to escape Egypt, I could _______ . Though I may wander in the desert, I will cross the Jordan and come home and it will be ______ .
We also discussed how sometimes we see a person and make a snap judgment about him or her, but we have to remember that there is a larger story involved. Their own life narrative and how it has intersected with other peoples’ life narratives has contributed to who they are and who we are. Knowing that our lives are comprised of these stories and how they shape us will allow us to own them and become the authors of our own destinies. Sometimes the stories are more like horror stories than fairy tales, but we have to find a way to embrace them too so that we might own them rather than them owning us.
In this service we focused on “losing our religion.” We discussed ways in which our dogma can sometimes interfere with doing what our religion actually calls for. For example, if Jesus calls us to love our neighbor and feed the hungry, it is not helpful to argue of small matters of doctrine while the hungry starve. Ruth-Eva Konno shared a picture that she made in our “Expressions of the Divine” segment. After the message and some good discussion we shared vegetables as our communion ritual for the day as a symbolic act of being Jesus to one another. As we shared the vegetables, we said “This is my body broken for you. With a turnout twice that of last week, we are rolling right along.