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5:00 pm – Consistory Meeting
12:00 pm – Contemplative Circles
6:15 pm – Yoga for the People
9:00 am – Yoga for the People
10:15 am – Contemplative Circles
8:30 am – Choir Practice
9:30 am – Worship
Basil Pennington wrote, “Life is rich, very rich, with communication. Let us listen together. Let us share what we hear. Let us walk together in the way, more sure for our being together and hearing together.” That’s what Contemplative Circles are about. Listening for God as we listen to one another. We’ll use writing, silence, and conversation to dig deeper into a selected Scripture from the previous Sunday. You can join the circle on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm or Fridays at 10:15 am.
At the last Jazz Vespers I realized that jazz music illustrates the valuable role of Black History Month. As you may know, all the instruments in a jazz band play together during a song, but often there are moments when all of the instruments except one dial back. In those moments, one of the instruments gets to solo. Their voice gets to shine. Their interpretation gets full voice. I think that’s what Black History Month is for me.
Of course, we should be listening to Black American voices all year long because they, like all the rest, contribute to the music that is the United States. However, during the month of February the other voices dial back and the Black American voice gets to shine. Their unique voice gets full attention. I hope you’ll join me in that this month.
An acquaintance and colleague of mine shared something recently that adds another layer to this for me. She’s a bi-racial woman who would be seen as Black by most people. She was writing about the divide that we experience in America and said that what hurts her most about her White family is not the disagreement over issues, but their basic lack of knowledge when it comes to history. They just don’t know the dates, facts, and figures about how Black people were treated. They didn’t seem to care to know. It is a pain she carries with her.
I don’t want the Black members of the congregation to carry the same pain with them. So let’s dial back on our favorite news channels, put down our newspapers or novels of choice, and save our favorite podcasts or blogs for another day. Find a Black American author, poet, or social commentator and give full attention to their voice. Let’s show that we care enough to know. Here’s one way to go about that:
There are 40,320 minutes in Black History Month. I’m inviting you to take 120 of those and watch this video and write down some answers these three questions:
What is important to Mr. Tisby?
What does Mr. Tisby what you to understand?
What do you feel compelled to do as a next step?
Next I’m inviting you to spend another 60 minutes or so sharing your answers with me. I’ll buy you a cup of coffee, glass of beer, or cup of fresh-squeezed juice as an incentive. Thank you for doing this.
You’re invited to gather with Pastor Peter around the selected Scripture passage for the week and meditate on its meaning for us as a congregation to dig deeper into the meaning of the week’s text (or ask Pastor Peter what in the world he was talking about on Sunday!). You’re invited to join the circle on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm or Fridays at 10:15 am. Starts this week!
No, it’s not a new event. It’s the same gathering with the same good people. The grill will be lit at 5:30 pm. Games will be in the yard. As the sun sets, we’ll light the fire and roast some marshmallows. You’ve been invited to pray about the following questions: “God, who are you sending us to? What are you up to? What is the good news we have to share?” Bring a dish to pass or something to cook up to the hill on Saturday, February 9th.
Join us on Sunday, February 3rd at 5:30 pm for another Jazz Vespers event. This month’s gathering will feature the musical talents of Jeff Dawson and Mario Thomas. We’ll be celebrating Black History Month with poems and prayers from some of history’s brightest heroes.
Some members of the congregation and community have been gathering to study the Sermon On the Mount. We’ll be listening to Jesus’ famous sermon in worship for the next two weeks as well. In the meantime, here are some of Pastor Peter’s recent reflections:
“Cover Me: On Getting Right With God” by Peter TeWinkle https://link.medium.com/RVhVOh3DVT