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That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
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And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 3:14)

 

Message From the Pastor
March 2019

Pastor’s Message (Mental Flossing Through Lent)

Some time ago I came across a tongue-in-cheek questionnaire patterned on a self-diagnostic test used to evaluate whether one might have an alcohol problem. Under the title, “Do You Have A Thinking Problem?” were the following questions:
Do you lose time from work due to your thinking?
Is your thinking making your home life unhappy?
Have you ever felt remorse after thinking?
Have you gotten into financial difficulty as a result of thinking?
Do you crave a think at a definite time daily?
Do you want to think the next morning?
Does thinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
Has your efficiency decreased since thinking?
Do you think alone?
Has your physician ever treated you for thinking?
Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of your thinking?
What may bring a smile at such a turn is our recognition that sometimes even our best thinking can get us into difficulties, all the more so when it is not the best, when, for example, our thinking devolves into rumination.  I recall a cartoon- perhaps the work of Gary Larson- which pictured a man drawing “mental floss” between his ears, presumably to dislodge all the undigested stuff caught in the crevasses of his endlessly chattering mind.
Meditation, a traditional way to still “monkey brain,” can be the mental floss and is a Lenten tool we can use to upgrade our mental operating system, moving us from either/or, black/white thinking to a more spacious and open-hearted awareness. Meditation helps to transform consciousness so that we perceive, relate and respond to everyday life with increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in everything that happens.  
In the silence of meditation, as we shift our focus from the surface of life toward its center where the Spirit of Christ indwells, our longing for God and God’s longing for us meet.  In that meeting, we are renewed at our scared core, and helped to let go of our defended selves to embrace the persons we are called to be in Jesus Christ.  Seeing ourselves and the world through the eyes of Christ, returning the divine gaze and becoming its reflection, we pray through Christ and discover Christ praying through us.  As his view of things becomes increasingly more important than our own, we more deeply cooperate with the healing God has already begun to accomplish in and through us.
Come join us at 3:30 on the Mondays of Lent (3-11, 3-18, 3-25, 4-1, and 4-8) as we make space for God to freely move.  To start or resume a meditation practice, we need not master anything; we don’t have to be “spiritual.”  It’s enough that we come with the intention of consenting, as best we can, to the presence and action of God, and seek to encounter the Living Christ who is not captured in words.
 And if you can’t make Monday afternoons, schedule a time with Pastor Fred to put teeth in your intention to be still and present for an experience of God unmediated by thinking. 
            Be still and know that I am God.  Be still and know that I am.  Be still and know.  Be still. Be.
  See you in church,
Pastor Fred

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2017

 
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