Save the date. Plan to join your WFC family for a corn roast and potluck supper Saturday, September. 23rd at 5:30 PM. Please bring your lawn chair a dish to share and invite a friend. We will gather on the front lawn of the church (weather permitting) or in Fellowship Hall.
There will be games for all ages. Please sign up on the bulletin board or RSVP to Carol Bouchard 862-7400 so that we might know how much corn to buy. Sponsored by the Membership Committee.
This Sunday, June 4, is Pentecost: the birthday of the Christian church! During worship we’ll tell again the story of how the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection, with a rush of wind and appearing as flames on their heads. We’ll hear again how they spoke the Gospel in many tongues, and how the Good News began to spread to the people and the world around them.
Wear red to worship this Sunday! We’ll show the Spirit’s fire as we gather together.
And do some reflecting: when have you been “on fire”? When have you been filled with a holy energy for a project or a cause that brings life to the world? When have you burned with gratitude for a great happening in your life, or for the ordinary joys of daily living? When has something been kindled in your spirit that’s been an extension of the Spirit – something of God, something that’s undeniably holy, something that you did not create yourself but were simply blessed with? That’s a kind of Pentecost, too: a visitation from the Spirit of Life and Love. It’s one way God continues to move in the world.
May the Spirit’s blessing and energy and joy be yours, this Pentecost and always
It’s the fifth day of Christmas (“Five go-old rings”). The songs of the angels are still echoing in the sky as the Christmas story shifts from shepherds to Magi who, according to Christian tradition, show up to worship the baby Jesus on the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th.
My colleague Steve Garnaas-Holmes has imagined this prayer Magi might have pondered in their journey toward the star. His words describe my own hopes for how I can live my faith in the coming year. May it spark your own pondering and reflection, too.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
God of truth, open my eyes to your light
and give me faith to follow,
to seek signs of your grace, to notice,
in nature, in dreams, in people.
Give me devotion to seek your presence,
to come close to you, to drew near.
Give me faith to forsake all else that glitters
and follow the light of your love alone.
Give me resolve to leave the familiar
and make of my life a holy pilgrimage.
Give me humility to ask directions,
to seek help from other seekers.
Give me steadfastness to seek and not turn back,
despite challenges of distance and strangeness.
Give me courage to stand against Empire
and its desire to use me.
Give me generosity to give of my gifts.
Give me insight to bow to holiness
in whomever I may see it.
Give me wisdom and readiness to go by a new road.
God of love, may this day be a new life,
guided by the light of your presence,
led by wonder, trust and love. Amen.