Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
Think of the year as a house:
door flung wide in welcome,
threshold swept and waiting,
a graced spaciousness opening
and offering itself to you.
Here – let the weary come
let the aching come
let the lost come
let the sorrowing come.
Here – let them find their rest
and let them find their soothing
and let them find their place
and let them find their delight.
And may it be in this house of a year
that the seasons will spin in beauty,
and may it be in these turning days
that time will spiral with joy.
And may it be that its rooms will fill
with ordinary grace
and light spill from every window
to welcome the stranger home.
This Sunday we launch a new year in the life of our congregation by celebrating our annual Water Communion Service. From the journeys we’ve taken in recent months—be they near or far, literal or metaphorical—we are all invited to bring a small bit of water to remember a special place or symbolize a recent meaningful experience. (If you forget to bring water, we’ll have “proxy” water available to all.)
This service to mark summer’s end and the beginning of a new season will also include the return of Dallas, Lisa, and glorious music from our choir and the Covenant Ceremony with our new Intern Minister Danielle Webber. It will be a great and festive day at First U, and I look forward to seeing you all at this very special service.
Finally, if you haven’t yet signed up for a Journey Group for this year, it’s not too late. I passionately believe this to be the best way we as a congregation can support each other toward spiritual growth. So, I encourage you to deepen your experience and practice as a Unitarian by taking this journey with us this year. You can register for a group here.
In faith and love,