Flower Communion is a ritual unique to Unitarian Universalism that affirms and celebrates how we each give to and receive from others in our congregations. We will also be recognizing the new members among us and expressing our appreciation for all the volunteers that make Emerson what it is. New Member Recognition, Volunteer Appreciation and Flower Communion all rolled into one! What’s not to love? Everyone, please bring a flower to share for Flower Communion.
The title comes from May Sarton’s poem, All Souls, about the enduring nature of love, even from those who have gone before. On this Mothers’ Day I offer some reflections about my own Mother and how much she is a part of me still even though she died twenty years ago this Spring. Appropriately, we also will be Commissioning the newest members of our Lay Pastoral Ministry Team.
“What’s for dinner?” “Can you take the kids to soccer?” “When will you be home?” “Are we almost there?” Maybe those are the real eternal questions! But they at least have short-term answers. What about life questions that have no real short-term answers? In the busy-ness of our lives, those kinds of questions tend to get shoved aside. Let’s make some space for them!
Easter Sunday, in the week of Passover, in the season of Spring, we search out healing for our brokenness, renewal for our spirits, and reasons for hope and joy.
High school youth take the chancel, answering your questions.
Who, me? I can’t do that! But when the Spirit says do, well… Sometimes we have to move forward even when we don’t have all we need for the journey.
Sometimes, when our hopes are obstructed and our intentions impeded, our real work is unveiled.
In a world of transience, what is permanent? What saves us and what does not? To what do we hold? From what do we let go?
So, okay, humor isn’t a “sense” in the same way as vision, hearing, smell, taste or touch. BUT – I would argue that a sense of humor is as revelatory of the spiritual nature of human existence and as equally enriching to human wellbeing. How many UUs does it take to make fun of ourselves? I’ll have plenty of jokes to offer and I invite you, as well, to bring “knock-knock” jokes to share.
We often take the air we breathe for granted. Hardly ever do we contemplate its sacred quality or the fact that it connects us to a vast communion of being that transcends space and time. On this Sunday before the Vernal Equinox, we will contemplate the spiritual dimensions of the air we breathe – and we will have some old fashioned fun, too, as we welcome the season of spring.