Broken and Whole
Sermon by Rev. Christopher Wulff.
Forget your perfect offering is some of the very best advice Leonard Cohen gave us. We imagine sometimes that there is a ‘right' way to be - a right way to be sorrowful, a right way to be joyful, a right way to be in community. And sometimes we receive and internalize a message that we can’t, or maybe just shouldn’t, offer anything until we are ‘right’ with ourselves. What would it mean to be not only accepting of every part of ourselves, but radically self-loving towards ourselves, towards our body, mind, and spirit? What ‘imperfection’ might you recast as a gift or blessing?
Join us this Sunday as the choir will be blessing us with a full-throated rendition of Thula Klizeo, a song from our teal hymnal written by Joseph Shabalala, one of the founders of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who died earlier this week. We’ll also enjoy singing an adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s Anthem (from which the phrase “forget your perfect offering” is drawn), as well as a multi-voice piece written by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock. The choir will be offering the great gift of Mark Miller’s “Show Us How to Love” as the anthem, which our hearts might sorely need. Lynn Harrison will be in dialogue with Chai Kalevar on the Madrid Climate Summit, Lynn Torrie will tell a tale of recognizing blessings in what we thought were faults, and we will bless this world for the coming week. Come, give and receive, and be filled.
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