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This Sunday: "Keep Your Lamps Burning"
During this Election Season and this time of COVID, many of us are feeling emotionally and spiritually drained. Do you have enough oil in your lamp? In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus tells "The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids," five of whom did not prepare enough oil in their lamps, so at this Sunday's "Video Worship Service," we will explore how to keep our spiritual lamps lit and burning, especially during such challenging times as these.
Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black & Stan Greene.
Tune in on Sunday at 10 AM via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or here on our website.
Last Week's Video Service: All Saints Day
All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1. On this day, we not only recognize and celebrate historic saintly figures of the church, but we also remember all of our loved ones who have died and are now in the heavenly realm. Please enjoy last week's very special "All Saints Day" service. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Elizabeth Estes. You can read and share the Homily online here.
Centering Prayer with Pastor Sal -- Meeting Weekly in November/December
During the months of November and December, Pastor Sal will be leading a "Centering Prayer" meditation via Zoom each Wednesday night from 5:30 PM to 6 PM. Each session will begin with a short talk, followed by a 15-minute silent prayer practice. If you are interested in taking part in these sessions, please email Pastor Sal.
The Pilgrim's Beatitudes by Chris Clark
The Pilgrim’s Beatitudes
Blessed is the pilgrim who walks humbly,
For she shall be lifted up.
Blessed is the one who tolerates difference,
For he shall enjoy the beauty of diversity.
Blessed is the one who consoles her companion,
For her spirit shall find grace.
Blessed is the pilgrim who shares the struggler’s load,
For his burdens shall seem light.
Blessed is the one who is kind to the unpleasant,
For she shall be loved.
Blessed is the one who leaves nature undisturbed,
For he shall please the Creator.
Blessed is the pilgrim who slows down for the laggard,
For she shall never be late.
Blessed is the one who sees beyond disappointment,
For he shall be fulfilled.
Blessed is the one who shares food with a stranger,
For she shall not want.
Blessed is the pilgrim who is open to serendipity,
For he shall be pleasantly surprised.
Blessed is the one who does not judge others,
For she shall know justice.
Blessed is the one who takes time to reflect,
For he shall come to understand.
Blessed is the pilgrim who respects the sacred space,
For she shall hear the voice of God.
-- Chris Clark
Chris says: "I’m still hoping to a walk the Camino in Spain. When Pastor Sal read the Beatitudes on Sunday I was inspired to write a variation that incorporated advice I’ve read about making the most of a pilgrimage. Some folks will recognize Micah 6-8 in there, as well as echoes of Matthew 25:42-45."
You will find this piece on Chris' website here:
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