Church News and Announcements

From Our Senior Minister ~ The Rev. Dr. David Herndon

Friday, December 01, 2017

Here is one gift you won’t find at the mall or in a catalog. You won’t find it by shopping online or by shopping at your favorite specialized high-end boutique. You can’t push or pull it down the chimney and it won’t fit under your tree. You can’t earn it, but it does nevertheless require a steady effort on your part. And you can’t own it, for it can only be shared with others. What do you suppose this gift is?

It is the gift of religious community.

Here is another strange thing about this gift. This is a gift you give to yourself. You give this gift to yourself when you make time in your busy schedule to come to church on Sunday mornings for an experience of spiritual renewal and growth. You give this gift to yourself when you make time in your busy schedule to attend choir rehearsal, or a covenant group, or an adult faith development class. You give this gift to yourself when you make time in your busy schedule to offer humanitarian service or to work for social justice on behalf of the church. You give this gift to yourself when you make time in your busy schedule to become better acquainted with others in this congregation.

Although this is a gift you give to yourself, you need not feel guilty about taking time for your soul in this way. Giving yourself the gift of religious community is not self-indulgent. Giving yourself the gift of religious community is not pursuing vanity or luxury. For here is yet one more strange thing about this gift: When you give yourself the gift of religious community, you thereby also make it possible for others to experience the gift of religious community. When you give this gift to yourself, you also give this gift to others.

This holiday season would be a good time to give this gift to yourself with special mindfulness and intention. But any time of the year is a good time to be generous with yourself and give the gift of religious community to yourself. 

See you in Church! 

Rev. David Herndon

Share Your News
Every day we are making a difference in the community. We want to share your story so it can inspire others. Share your stories with with the Share Your News Form!

Latest News

Categories

Tags

Archive
Come to be moved and held in mutual embrace. Come and be made whole.
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-8008     Map and directions
Worship Services
10:30 AM
Sunday
Office Hours
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday - Friday
Stay Connected
Sign up for our Weekly News Email
Read The Chalice, our monthly newsletter