Go Deep or Go Home
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
We are much involved, all of us, with questions about things that matter a good deal today but will be forgotten by this time tomorrow-the immediate wheres and whens and hows that face us daily at home and at work-but at the same time we tend to lose track of the questions about things that matter always, life-and-death questions about meaning, purpose, and value. To lose track of such deep questions as these is to risk losing track of who we really are in our own depths and where we are really going.
- Frederick Buechner
I don't believe anyone sets out to live a superficial life, though many of us, at times, succeed in spectacular ways, myself included! Even for those committed to living an "examined life," the challenges of going deep—of listening and grappling with the depths of life—are often too much to overcome.
This Sunday, we'll take up the first of the themes we'll be exploring this year through theme-based ministry: deep listening. My hope is that together we will embrace the challenge to live at a deeper and more engaged level. Just imagine the possibilities if our entire congregation were to come alive in this way!
Following the service on Sunday, please join Lynn Harrison and me out at the Peace Pole at noon to commemorate this coming week's International Day of Peace. The brief ceremony will conclude in sufficient time to allow everyone to attend events beginning at 12:15 pm.
In faith and love,