Sermon by Dallas Bergen, Director of Congregational Music.
Helio from the Other Side!
I have just returned a 10-week sabbatical from the other side of the world in Southeast Asia. It's great to be back! I am profoundly grateful to the congregation for extending me this opportunity. Thank you for the gift of time for rest and renewal!
"Helios", stems from Greek, meaning "sun." "Trope" is a suffix meaning "turning towards or affected by." I am a heliotrope--or heliotropic. I turn to the sun. In the last couple of decades of my life I have become increasingly aware of the affect that sunshine and daylight have on my well-being and the debilitating affect our winter climate has on me, my work, and my relationships.
The vernal equinox, the onset of spring, is on Sunday. It marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring--the days in which there is more daylight than darkness. Celebrations found in cultures around the northern hemisphere, mark the occasion with ritual that signifies rebirth and renewal--the start of a new cycle; restoring, cleaning, planting.
Sunday's sermon will include reflections on what it means to find rest; to be renewed and restored. It will examine the contrast between facing our demons by "sucking-it-up," with knowing what it means to truly listen to the many ways in which our bodies, and our health, speak to us. Hopefully I am able to have some of my new found energy and inspiration rub off on each of you. I look forward to seeing you again, and marking the beginning of the solar year.