Spiritual Snapshot

January 19, 2021

 

January 12, 2021

The Tenors – Instrument of Peace

January 5, 2021 

Psalm 91 ( On Eagles’ Wings) – Taryn Harbridge

 

December 22 – Spiritual Snapshot
My mini Christmas Playlist

https://youtu.be/sxy98ycBix0   White Christmas – Jimmy Rankin

https://youtu.be/pUh7xDO-8bE  O Holy Night –  HomeTown

https://youtu.be/q7dF1P0PHss  Deck the Halls –  Tenth Avenue North

https://youtu.be/i03K1kPH8y8   Maybe this Christmas – Ron Sexsmith

https://youtu.be/o10drRI3VQ0  White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix

https://youtu.be/WK0A6k6wR0Q   I heard the bells­ – Tom Jackson

https://youtu.be/6lMlGDZ5xBo   Auld Lang Syne – The Tenors

December 21, 2020 – Solstice

Friends.

Darkness ends.
Every year light returns, even in the midst of suffering and ignorance.
The world gets a little bit braver, a little bit brighter and
small groups of determined, hopeful, compassionate people, seek new ways of showing us all, that everything belongs.
In the mystery imbedded in all life is this returning light.

Crack the rock, the shell, the indifference and we will find each other.
All life.
Waiting.
Hoping
Knowing.

We have only just begun.
Earth has vision beyond us.
Love; universal, godly, without boundaries or barriers shatters hate, embraces collective imagination and leaves out nothing.
Everything belongs.
Everything.

Solstice stirs.
Christmas extends warm bread, just baked and ready.

A feast of love in one small loaf.

Patti.

December 15, 2020

Silent Night on Piano for Old Elephant

December 8, 2020

for KING & COUNTRY – Heavenly Hosts (Official Music Video)

 

 

 

December 1, 2020

Carol of the Bells – Handpan (Hand Drum) Vasilis V.

 

November 24, 2020 – Spiritual Snapshot

November 17, 2020 – Spiritual Snapshot

Conserve your energy for those who truly value it!

 

 

 

November 10, 2020 – Spiritual Snapshot

 

 

November 3, 2020 – Spiritual Snapshot

 

October 27, 2020 – Spiritual Snapshot

 

 

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Some familiar words from the fifth chapter of Matthew.

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God…

“Blessed” has a double meaning for me: It means not only that God sees us but also that God is revealed in us.  In our mourning, in our struggle, in our acts of mercy and peacemaking, God sees us, and God’s love moves through us. With that in mind, in this month of Clergy Appreciation, I say “Blessed” are you, especially in this time.

In the current context many of us are doing things that we’ve never done before; we are trying to manage home life and work life without a buffer, or work in spaces too small for our wide imaginations. We are having to find skills and competencies for which we were not trained and never seemed to be integral to our call into ministry. Our congregations are also confused and sending us mixed messages, sometimes supportive, other times, not. We feel increasingly isolated and some of us are even questioning our call to ministry. We are, at times, poor in spirit and mourning the death of the way things once were. If you’re finding these times difficult and demoralizing, you are not alone, but as you move faithfully through these difficult times you are a blessing to many more than you realize. People see the struggle and also the faithful resolve; they see the brokenness and experience the love and they are inspired.

Some of us are finding great moments of creativity and opportunities unimagined before. Some are creating virtual experiences, or recapturing the spirit of Paul and writing missives to the community, others are finding time to call people that just never could make it to the top of the priority list; folks are connecting in new ways and finding innovative practices that serve our various communities. Many are confident that their communities will emerge from this time, stronger and deeper in faith.  But even so, there is a great deal of time and emotional labour involved in this flourishing.

A little further in that same passage in Matthew’s Gospel, each of us is reminded that: “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.”

Mourning or flourishing, pure in heart or poor in spirit, you are the salt of the earth and you are a light of the world. God is working through you in ways that you cannot even imagine and you have been called to this time and place, not because of your expertise, but because of your love and willingness to share God’s love.  I pray for you.  I give thanks for you. You, who have been been called into this ministry by God, a ministry that we all share with the one who assures us that in our mercy, in our hunger, in our pain, in our imperfections, in our struggles and in our triumphs, we share the light of the world.

Thank you for your ministry, and may you always know that you are not only blessed, but a blessing to us all.

On behalf of the Office of Vocation,

Rev. Norm Seli (he/his)
Chair, Board of Vocation

October 13, 2020

World Food Day – October 16

October 6, 2020

Blessing of the Animals at the Washington National Cathedral

September 29, 2020

Namo Avalokiteshvara (Lord who looks down with compassion). Plum Village. Dreamforce 2016

 

September 22, 2020 

With compassion and gratefulness we welcome the Autumnal Equinox.

 

September 15, 2020 

 

September 8, 2020

We are one, and our wars and racial divisions cannot defeat the wholeness
that lies just below the horizon of human awareness.
Barbara Holmes

 

September 1, 2020 – Listening and Healing

 

August 25, 2020

How to build a resilient future using ancient wisdom | Julia Watson