Listen: Hearing That Still, Small Voice and Finding Your Own
Sunday, March 29, 2020
5th Sunday of Lent
“Finding Your Mystic: Listening Behind the Voices”
Opening: It is a sense of “turning” or “re-orienting” ourselves toward the Holy that is the essence of our season of Lent. What we pay attention to is what we are formed by. So let us continue this season of listening, of hearing that still, small voice and finding our own true selves.
Music: Michelle Currie Come and rest Come and listen Lay the fullness of your lives before the maker.
We often have a “cast of characters” living inside our heads that love to carry on endless conversations–each from their own perspective. The chatter of our minds can sometimes keep us from a deeper listening and it is often difficult to understand what is a mystical connection to God. Getting our True Self into the chairperson’s seat in the committee meeting does not mean ignoring those voices of fear, pessimism, people-pleasing or accusation, but instead listening intently to them and not letting them bully us into negative action. Letting them in and letting them go is the prayer of the mystic within. This is especially important in this challenging time in which we find ourselves. Let us take time each day to quiet our hearts and minds and to listen to that deeper voice of God calling out to us, saying, “Be not afraid, I am with you always…”
Come and rest Come and listen There’s a wisdom deep within that calls us closer
Opening Music: Come and Rest – Michelle Currie
the wind of your Spirit is the very sign of life
for all who long for you.
One breath from you and we are rescued
from the arid valley of dry bones,
given all we need with which to praise you,
and filled with the holy hope you grant to all your faithful children.
Let our whole lives be filled with the life-breath of the Spirit,
that what has lain dormant may burst into bloom,
as we wait in hope for the emergence of new life. Amen.
A Time for the Young People: See Material below
Reading for Today:
Romans 12: 2-12
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Music: The Secret of Life by James Taylor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHWHPPHpAj8
On our local NBC news, Newscenter Maine, they have been airing lovely segments of scenes in nature at the conclusion of their 6pm broadcast. I invite you to watch this one and to pay attention to the lovely scenes, the music, and the tranquility. May it provide some measure of calm at this time. It is titled, A Breath of Fresh Air by Nate Dumas at Blueberry Hill in Maine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MubalQGjB78
Prayers for our Community:
I invite your prayers for our friend, Barbie Dougherty who fell two weeks ago and broke several ribs. She and Ned are at their home at Piper Shores in Scarborough but look forward to visiting the Pool very soon.
We continue to pray for all those who are sick and for those who have died in recent weeks in our country and around the world. We pray for all of the heroic nurses, doctors, first responders, cleaners, grocery workers, ambulance drivers and others on the front lines at this time. We pray for the scientists and medical researchers who are working around the clock to find treatments and to develop an immunization to save lines.
Closing Music: Lean on Me by the Kingdom Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyFlLjdNqk8
May the Lord of wind and water, of calmness and peace, be with you this day. May the God of all compassion calm your fears as we face uncertain futures. Help us to relinquish control and to place our trust totally in you. May you know peace in the moments of each day. May God bless you and keep you always. Amen.
Readings this Sunday from the Lectionary:
Ezekiel 37: 1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8: 6-11; John 11: 1-45
(You may find this at www.biblegateway.com, if you do not have a Bible at hand)
Like Lazarus we awake from sleep at the sound of Jesus’ voice.
Like Lazarus, we have a new life in front of us
– a resurrection life not meant to be hoarded, but to be shared.
Like Lazarus, we live in a state of thanksgiving for all that has been
and hope for what is to be.
Like Lazarus, we have been given a gift that is meant for all.
Children’s Time: March is Women’s History Month and so it is a very good time to think about the amazing women, both in our own families, and throughout history who have shown such care for their families, strength in the face of adversity, and deep faith. We recently watched a movie about Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who returned many times to lead others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. She was a woman of great faith and she always felt that God was at her side to lead her and guide her as she helped others to escape slavery and make their way to freedom. I invite you to read a little about her and learn why she was called Moses. I also would like you to think about the great women you know and to take the time to thank them for the ways they show you love and care.
Here is some more info on the amazing Harriet Tubman. Parents may wish to preview this first to see if you think this would be good for your kids.