Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
This Sunday, we will mark the turn to the new year, as we gather for our annual Fire Communion service. Like the literally two-faced Roman god Janus (for which January is named), we will look back to the past and ahead to the future.
In preparation for the central ritual of Fire Communion, you are encouraged to consider what you wish to relinquish to the year that is now behind us. Are there regrets or persistent roadblocks you want to leave to the past? Is there a particular hurt or mistake you need to not carry into this new year? These are the things we will be invited to bring to mind and then commit to paper, before igniting those slips of paper with their burdensome words in the light of our chalice. This ritual doesn’t, of course, automatically erase whatever it is we struggle with, but naming these things can ease our transition to a different way of living, as we—with intention—set our hearts and minds towards the promise of the dawning year.
Karen Dunk-Green will share a significant update about the status of our sale and search for a new property during the service on Sunday.
With all best wishes for the year ahead!
In faith and love,
View the Order of Service.