Words for Reflection, Prophecy

January, 2017 Monthly Worship Theme: “A Community of Prophecy”

Words from Worship Service on January 29, 2017: Where Do We Come From?

“I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. … The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.”

– Shauna Niequist

Rev. Jeannie Shero writes:

“We are here for community, but not for community alone.
We are here for life—to live it to the full—in connection with others and with the planet.
We are here for love, which helps us live courageously with radical compassion.
We are here to learn, which gives us new vision.

How we live matters.
Each moment presents itself to us with the invitation, the challenge: Will we live it?
And, how?

May our lives be a witness to the possibility of peace, love, commitment, and courage in the face of all that could overwhelm and engulf those virtues.
Live with an open mind and heart in ways great and small.
Here, may we meet others who inspire us to live ever more deeply within and beyond this day.”

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.” James Allen

“Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.” Brandon Sanderson

“We are all products of our environment; every person we meet, every new experience or adventure, every book we read, touches and changes us, making us the unique being we are.” C.J. Heck

“Our truest reflection reveals that we are what we think, we are what we say and we are what we continuously do.” Jason Versey

“We can’t act until we know who we are and what we believe.” Marian Deegan

“… What is important is what you have done to change humanity for the better.” Debasish Mridha

“Don’t let the world tell you who you are. You get up and you tell the world who you are.” A.D. Posey

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Albert Camus

“Try not to become a [person] of success, but rather try to become a [person] of value.” Albert Einstein

January 22, 2017: What Now?

“It is not enough to be merely disciples of freedom, [we must also be] disciples of intelligence, sensitivity, understanding and love. It is not enough to be free from intolerable constraints, but to be free for what is good and true and beautiful. May we realize that freedom is not an end of our religion, but in reality only its beginning.” Rev. Jim Brewer, Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Marni Harmony wrote:

We, whose journeys are always beginning
We, whose mission always awaits us
We, whose visions are bent on loving,
We gather together here.

We gather as a community drawn together
out of common need,
each toting our own carpetbag of treasures and dreams.

We gather together seeking meaning,
yearning to understand life in all its dimensions—
as it challenges and expands,
as it burdens
as it consoles and heals.

We gather together with questions—
the kinds of questions that
provoke us to the path of action.

We gather with hope,
the kind of hope that pulses on through uncertainty.

We gather with tenderness,
the kind of tenderness that can only be born from knowing
human capabilities as well as human imperfections.

We gather wanting certainty, and having none,
but we are wakeful to possibilities
as we seek discernment and gentle judgment.

We gather, then, unbounded—but close.
[And this reminds us that we are in good company today.]

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Rev. Theodore Parker, 1810 Unitarian

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

“Compassion is the radicalism of this age.” The Dalai Lama

“Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. ” Frederick Buechner

Consequently the perfection of our nature and capability of happiness must be estimated by the degree of reason, virtue, and knowledge that distinguish the individual and direct the laws which bind society; and that from the exercise of reason, knowledge and virtue naturally flow.Mary Wollstonecraft

“We never change things. Instead we create new things that make the old things obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

“Parker Palmer says – there are two ways for the heart to break – to shatter and scatter, or to break open into a greater capacity to hold even more of the world’s suffering, but also joy, love, and hope.” Rev. Gretchen Haley

“We don’t get to choose the historical moment we live in but we do get to choose how we respond. We were made for this moment. We must resist.” Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block

Jan. 15, 2017: Finding a Way Home

“It is not enough to be merely disciples of freedom, [we must also be] disciples of intelligence, sensitivity, understanding and love. It is not enough to be free from intolerable constraints, but to be free for what is good and true and beautiful. May we realize that freedom is not an end of our religion, but in reality only its beginning.” Rev. Jim Brewer, Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Marni Harmony wrote:

We, whose journeys are always beginning
We, whose mission always awaits us
We, whose visions are bent on loving,
We gather together here.

We gather as a community drawn together
out of common need,
each toting our own carpetbag of treasures and dreams.

We gather together seeking meaning,
yearning to understand life in all its dimensions—
as it challenges and expands,
as it burdens
as it consoles and heals.

We gather together with questions—
the kinds of questions that
provoke us to the path of action.

We gather with hope,
the kind of hope that pulses on through uncertainty.

We gather with tenderness,
the kind of tenderness that can only be born from knowing
human capabilities as well as human imperfections.

We gather wanting certainty, and having none,
but we are wakeful to possibilities
as we seek discernment and gentle judgment.

We gather, then, unbounded—but close.
[And this reminds us that we are in good company today.]

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Rev. Theodore Parker, 1810 Unitarian

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

“Compassion is the radicalism of this age.” The Dalai Lama

“Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. ” Frederick Buechner

Consequently the perfection of our nature and capability of happiness must be estimated by the degree of reason, virtue, and knowledge that distinguish the individual and direct the laws which bind society; and that from the exercise of reason, knowledge and virtue naturally flow.Mary Wollstonecraft

“We never change things. Instead we create new things that make the old things obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

“Parker Palmer says – there are two ways for the heart to break – to shatter and scatter, or to break open into a greater capacity to hold even more of the world’s suffering, but also joy, love, and hope.” Rev. Gretchen Haley

“We don’t get to choose the historical moment we live in but we do get to choose how we respond. We were made for this moment. We must resist.” Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block


Jan. 8, 2017: The Choices We Make and What the Future Holds…

The Rev. Heather K Janules wrote:

Our prophets died for the freedom of faith;
We are here in their spirit.
We are here to practice and sustain our living tradition;

To light a chalice,
Claiming for justice
The heat and power of fire.

In our free faith,
We are here,
Seeking freedom from despair,
The freedom to be loved as ourselves,
And the freedom to grow beyond imagination.

We are here,
Gathered in the name of all that we find holy.
Let us give thanks for the gift of gathering here.

“The lesson of the prophet is not only the substance of what [they] proclaim; the lesson is that the prophet provides a measuring stick against which all others of that same generation can be judged.” William F. Shultz

“Prophetic speech is difficult, and it often does not go down well for the prophet.” Rev. Dawn Fortune

“Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” Mark 6:4

“A legend can just as well be founded in the future as in the past. It’s called a prophecy,…you may have heard of the concept.” Diane Duane

“Just once, I’d like to hear a simple, straightforward prophecy.”  Cameron Dokey

“In every crowd are certain persons who seem just like the rest, yet they bear amazing messages.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Every single human being should be the fulfilment of a prophecy: for every human being should be the realisation of some ideal, either in the mind of God or in the mind of man.” Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

 

Readings from the Common Bowl 

“If I … asked any person on the street, ‘Which church should I go to if I want to get involved in helping the poor or homeless in this community?’ Would your church be mentioned?” Dillon Burroughs

“The very concept of home has become tarnished, misty, elusive. As never before, we are living in a rootless age. So many of us are refugees, living out of suitcases, car trunks, cardboard boxes, desperate to go back to a home that no longer exists.” Chris Atack

“From deep within, our spirits are calling for a new and greater global wholeness, global healing, and global opportunity — the voice is ours, the time is now, and the resources are what we have.” Laura Teresa Marquez

“All… are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown

“You may possess only a small light, but uncover it, let it shine, use it in order to bring more light and understanding to the hearts and minds of [people].” Alfred S. Cole

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“To whom are you beholden? … Our duties naturally emerge from such fundamental relations as our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, our state or nation… Once you know who you are and to whom you are linked, you will know what to do.” Epictetus

Jan. 1, 2017: New Year

Rev. Amanda Poppei writes:

“My friends, we have arrived.
We are here, in this new year.
We have crossed the boundary of time, into the next year, with all its resolutions and plans and
schedules ahead of us.
Let us pause, for just this moment, before we move boldly onward.
Let us pause to hear the breathing of those around us,
to feel their presence in this room.
To know their presence in our lives.
Let us pause to consider the trees, their branches stripped bare,
their elegant architecture on display.
Let us pause to feel the spirit of life and love that ties us to each other, that winds its way
through our very bones and settles in our hearts.
It welcomes us to life, not just at the start of the year, but every day.
[Let us answer the call of welcome with the “Yes” of our lives.]”

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” -Bill Vaughan

“Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.” -Rick Yancey

“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” -Joey Adams

“If you only do one thing this year, evolve.” -Lily Tomlin

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest [without courage].” -Maya Angelou

“When I care to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” -Audre Lorde

“…[W]hat we do in this time must be done in communion—deeply rooted in our relationship to one another and to those who have gone before us, who, when the forces of injustice were at their strongest, had the courage to stand against the tide and against all odds witnessed for the things that make for peace.” -Rebecca Ann Parker

 

Readings from the Common Bowl 

“If I … asked any person on the street, ‘Which church should I go to if I want to get involved in helping the poor or homeless in this community?’ Would your church be mentioned?” Dillon Burroughs

“The very concept of home has become tarnished, misty, elusive. As never before, we are living in a rootless age. So many of us are refugees, living out of suitcases, car trunks, cardboard boxes, desperate to go back to a home that no longer exists.” Chris Atack

“From deep within, our spirits are calling for a new and greater global wholeness, global healing, and global opportunity — the voice is ours, the time is now, and the resources are what we have.” Laura Teresa Marquez

“All… are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown

“You may possess only a small light, but uncover it, let it shine, use it in order to bring more light and understanding to the hearts and minds of [people].” Alfred S. Cole

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“To whom are you beholden? … Our duties naturally emerge from such fundamental relations as our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, our state or nation… Once you know who you are and to whom you are linked, you will know what to do.” Epictetus