Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
This Sunday, we'll gather for our Annual Fire Communion Service. Like the Roman god Janus with his two faces pointing in different directions—one toward the past, the other toward the future—we will take time to reflect on the year that has been and give thought to the hopes we carry with us into the year ahead.
A key part of our fire communion tradition involves reflecting on our regrets and releasing them to the past; this year, as always, we will give thought to how we might move beyond the burdens of our mistakes and failings to arrive at the end of 2015 with, hopefully, substantially less to regret!
Over the next couple of days, I hope you'll consider what hurts or bad habits, what regrets or resentments, you're ready to relinquish to the past; and I hope, too, that you'll open your heart to the possibilities you aspire to bring into being in the coming year.
Wishing each of you the very best for 2015!
In faith and love,