Every year I pick a theme to center worship around, to help us truly stretch and expand in a certain area of our spiritual journey. This year, we have a theme to help us expand our spiritual toolbox with tools when we are feeling alone, lonely, scared, lost, down, disconnected . . . We all have these moments. And most of us have them often enough, that we know if we just turn on a certain song, or recite a certain chant, or read a poem, turn to a page of scripture . . . we will find ourselves in a new place before we know it, where our problems seem to lift from us a bit, or we see ourselves in relationship to others.
Each of us have a small collection of these very useful tools. And I’d like us to share them with each other. My hope is that each Sunday we will feature an artistic element, a song, poem, chant, or scripture that one among us has nominated. AND, that the person who has nominated it, will tell us (or write out to be read), a moment in their life when this song (or poem/scripture/chant) has lifted them up, opened their hearts and souls to the larger, more beautiful life that is always there, when we can see it.
I’ve decided to call this theme: Then Sings My Soul . . . .
because I want to point to the fact that
our hearts and minds can change, can go from darkness to light,
that it is very personal,
and that this is indeed very much part of our spiritual journey.
I also think this will be a very playful and FUN way to get to know each other a bit better.
SOOOOO, start thinking, and look for the form to fill out to nominate your spiritual tool, and tell your story. We will have an internet form soon, as well as paper ones available at church.
Please don’t be shy, in order for this to be awesome, we need all sorts of people to participate. I want to hear old time rock and roll, great gospel songs, pagan chants, buddhist chants, Hindu scripture, psalms, opera, hip-hop, metal, folk, Shakespeare, Emerson, and everything in between. Let’s have some serious fun this year . . . as we deepen our relationship with each other. Our Music Director, Jessica Lieb has teamed up with me to help make this possible, but we do need to hear from you.