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First Sunday After Pentecost


There was zero mention of More Light Sunday, which displeased me.

The sermon title was "Ministers of a New Covenant" (Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4 & 2 Corinthians 3:1-4; 3:17-4:1), and Karl talked about covenant being relationship.

Cofee Hour included strawberries from Katherine's garden.  Someone said this what strawberries are supposed to taste like.  I was snacking on them like nonstop 'cause they didn't have that bite to them that usually makes strawberries a very "in small doses" snack for me.


After I got home, I finished the Timothy Keller book Ross had lent me.  I wanted to reread the chapter on hell (the chapter we were actually planning to discuss this afternoon), but I opted for something like a nap instead.

Discussion wasn't quite as good as I would have liked, but largely that's because I'm not as well-versed in Scripture/theology as I would like to be.  I was able to articulate most of my major points in a reasonably intelligent fashion, though, and Ross is a really open and respectful guy.  Emily was there, too, which was nice.  I like her.  (She did the AIDS Walk today.)

Ross had youth group at 4pm, so I sat on the CAUMC steps and read before CWM.  I had cramps, which fine whatever, but the front/inside of my thighs were also really sore and painful which I really didn't understand -- and was not happy about.  I wanted to just go home and obtain some sort of drugs that would knock me out, but of course I stayed for church, and I actually felt progressively better as service went along, which I was grateful for.


Trinity Sunday.  Tiffany preached on Romans 8:12ff.  She talked about how when Paul is talking about "flesh" here, he doesn't mean that the material/bodily is bad, but rather he's talking about legalism.  She said that earlier in Romans, Paul had said that legalism leads to guilt conspiring with a sense of inadequacy to a moral impotence.
    She talked about how Augustine imaged the Trinity as Lover/Beloved/Love and the Cappadocian Fathers (the 3 Gregories) as perichoresis (root of "choreography" -- I knew this from aforementioned book [Chapter 15 -- p.215]) ... dance.  She expanded this idea to include God's relationship with humanity and indeed with all of creation.


Housemate and I took care of assorted (metaphorical) housekeeping this evening.  We're having our joint-birthday (and belated housewarming) party the evening of Saturday, July 11.  Ugh, facebook friends decisions are stressful.

And my keyboard keeps being temperamental, which isn't helping with getting stuff done.


"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work: you don't give up." --Anne Lamott

Good things about today:
  • getting up to emails from people (Molly, Tiffany, my mom) celebrating my joy from yesterday
  • LizL asked me to send her the address of Havurat Shalom because she wants to go to the Interfaith Pride Service.
Things I did well today:
  • During Announcements at CHPC, I mentioned the Somerville Interfaith Pride Service this coming Friday, and said "everyone should go, because interfaith is awesome, as is Pride."
  • I did laundry.
  • I invited people to my birthday party -- and caught my "325min walk from Davis" typo :)
Things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
  • coffee with Roza
Tags: church: somerville: cambridge welcoming, church: somerville: clarendon hill presb, food, joy sadhana, people: pastors: molly, people: pastors: tiffany

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