WORSHIP BLOG, PICTOU UNITED CHURCH,
February 26, 2012, First Sunday in Lent
Service began with the ministry of music provided by flautist Angela Campbell, accompanied by Dave Pos. Reverend Moriarity spoke of Lent, historically, being a period of giving things up, but more recently it has been looked upon as a time of taking on, of opening up and anticipating new beginnings. It is an opportunity for a fresh start. She spoke of Lent being a season of deepening awareness of God and of our own holiness within. She continued, saying that Lent is also a time for the renewal of intention. Reverend Moriarity moved to a discussion of play as a form of spirituality. She reminded us that play provides joy and nurtures our inner being. It is a well-documented form of healing, which heals the individual and moves outward to heal communities and the world itself. Play connects us to creativity and that, in turn, connects us to our spirit.
The reading was Mark 1: 9-15
Staying with the theme of play, next week’s service will celebrate the 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss. There will be a “Green Eggs & Ham” potluck following the service. Also, from7-8:30pm on March 5 and the three following Mondays, how play is an important spiritual practice will be explored.
The Steward was Jim Parker and greeting the congregation was Donna Weaver.
Submitted by Paula Millman
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