Sarah Caine, Campus Minister, Worship Leader; Karen Klussendorf, Worship Associate.
This sermon is inspired by the writings of the 13th and 14th century Islamic mystics, Hafiz and Mevlana Rumi. Sarah will reflect on her December trip to Turkey with a class from Starr King School for the Ministry, and how difficult it can be to simply rest. Rest and repair come in many forms and from many teachers, some within and some without. As we turn to the new year what needs rest and repair for you?
Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Simon Murphey, Worship Associate
We honor many families who are holy – grandparents, same sex couples, single people who find a family of friends, single parents, widows/widowers, families who have joyfully adopted children, or who foster children. There is not one Holy Family, but many forms of a sacred family.
Rev. Cody Sanders, Worship Leader; Lee Ann D’Amato, Worship Associate.
The Hebrew phrase, Tikkun olam, or “repairing the world,” developed as a teaching in the early rabbinic period to lead practitioners of Judaism beyond their own individual moral and spiritual responsibility toward and ethic of care for the wellbeing of society as a whole. During the Advent season, Christian communities rekindle a spirit of expectation over the coming of a messiah who would, in the words of the prophet Isaiah, “bring forth justice to the nations.” This service will rekindle our own imaginations and inspired activity toward “repairing a world” that seems constantly at risk of coming undone.
We’ll focus on the poem, “Kindness” by Naomi Shahib Nye which begins, “Before you know what kindness is, you must lose things . . . .” When the life we’ve so carefully stitched together comes undone, we want it repaired, but something different awaits. The slow spiritual discipline of recreating a life becomes a gift. This is the Advent season when Christians light a pathway for hope.
Recognition of Religious Exploration Teachers.
We ask, “In what do you place your deepest trust?”