Rev. Morgan McLean, Worship Leader; Elli Norris, Worship Associate
Three seniors from our congregation will receive an invitation to offer a pearl of wisdom to our congregation. We started this service last year and it was very well received, so we’re making it an annual service.
We will consider mindfulness as related to the noise, sound, and music that arises out of the Great Silence. Emphases will be on our interior relationship with silence as a psychological and spiritual pathway to attain calm awareness in our daily life.
John Ashby, Worship Leader; Elli Norris, Worship Associate.
Robert Frost knows there are more than “2 roads,” but “infinite roads” would have created logistical problems for the poem. Travel with me as I negotiate the paths before me and––time and again––find the proper path beneath my feet, including my next path that leads to Iowa. Let’s worship this Sunday service not as a goodbye but as an au revoir.
Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Tamara Range, Worship Associate.; Stefan Harvey & Robin Datel, Social Justice Co-Chairs
July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, was invited to Rochester, New York to give an oration as a freed slave. Instead of celebrating the independence of this country, he reminded his audience of those who did not benefit from the hard-won freedom from England’s rule. The slave trade was booming, and its presence, “makes [America’s] name a hissing bye-word to a mocking earth.” Yet, Douglass didn’t despair for this country. He felt there was hope. We will honor this national holiday, honestly consider our present moment, and hope. Music: Andrei Baumann and Chase Spruill (violin)
We ask, “In what do you place your deepest trust?”