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From Our Interim Director of Children and Youth Ministries ~ Steven Mead

Monday, April 03, 2017

Let's Review | In This Special Place

What has passed between us in our time together? That time is coming to a close. I thought I would take a moment to review the thoughts I shared in writing with you.

  • I made a promise when I came here: To care for you. It's the first thing I publicly said to you-in covenant, from the pulpit. And this is your job too, to care for the Stranger and for one another. This is a place of Caring.
  • Antoine de Saint-Exuperty teaches us that "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect the wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Yearn for the sea. That's what this Special Place is for: to cultivate our yearning. To so transform our character that we must needs transform the world. This is a place of Transformation.
  • Give to those whom we entrust our holy things our compassion and our support, and speak truth with love directly to those with whom we have issue. This is a place of Holy Things.
  • How shall you live your life? Are you doing or just talking about doing? This is a Doing Place.
  • "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" This is an Emerging Place.
  • You heard me use this phrase often-be held in the embrace of this church. There's an intimacy in this act. And that act requires risk. This is a place of Risk.
  • All life is interim. What should we be doing to steward this Special Place for those who follow us? This is a place of Change.
  • Leave space for Sacred Purpose in your life. This is a place of Sacred Purpose.
  • If you come here and fall on the floor, people help you up. This is a place of Fellowship.
  • An intentional life of sacred purpose begets a mission-driven church. This Special Place deserves your full Attention.
  • "The most important thing is to find out what is the most important thing." -Shunryu Suzuki
  • We come here to know what is important in our lives-and to come to this knowing together. To experience it and express it in our communion and in the unfolding of our lives. This is an Empirical place.
  • There is work to do here and we need to do it. Not to endure, but to transform. To make a difference for someone. To care about someone. To experience and embrace the world and ourselves. This place requires Work. 
  • We are all Becoming-so that we are comfortable in our own skins-with our identity-that we live a life of grace and graciousness in our community, and that we understand that we are part of something greater than ourselves. This is a Becoming place.
  • So this then is what we must do, unravel this Special Place and love back together what we find. This is a place of Love.
See you in church,

Steven Mead, Interim Religious Educator

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