August 9

Reflection

We who are alive today are creating tomorrow
with our thoughts and words.
We are shaping ourselves and our cultures
by what we do and fail to do.
Justice and mercy are the works of our hands.

They never told us it would be like this:
that we were vessels of the Great One
called to create,
called to BE in the God we want to see in the world.

Let us sing out
that the heaven we sought
is within and around us.
That wherever we look,
We find the Holy One looking back.

And let us not lose heart
no matter what storms batter and buffet us.
For we are one with life
and Life holds us firmly in the palm of Its Hand.

Excerpts from Jan Phillips

 Prayer

 May we realize that we are creation loving itself, Earth healing itself through our actions and compassion.

Action 

Reflect on the change of perspective on our place in the universe that 21st science is revealing. If you have not read The Universe Story by Berry and Swimme consider reading it.

Suggested Reading

 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Genesis 1:31

 All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Pope Francis

 Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
Rabindranath Tagore

 In our totality we are born of the Earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived… If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves.
Thomas Berry

Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and they from their parents. It is in our hands whether our children and their children inherit the same world. We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment.
Richard Branson

We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace.
Jackie Chan

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.
The Dalai Lama

 

 

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
James A. Baldwin

 

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Advent Candle Lighting

Advent Candle Lighting

Join with Christians around the world in the prayerful ritual of lighting the Advent wreath.

Prayer

A Child came for all of us and because of that Child
We believe that love is stronger than fear,
Peace more enduring than hate
And that darkness will never extinguish the light
We are people of hope.

(Light the first candle)

Today we light the candle of peace.
Let us pray for the peace of Christ
which is the fullness of blessing for all.
For this peace we dare to hope.

(Second candle is lit)

We light the candle of love.
For God so loved the world, that a Child was given;
a Savior in the form of love incarnate.
As we light these candles of hope, peace and love,
Let us give thanks for God’s enduring love.

(Light the third candle)

 

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