It makes a lot of sense, though commitment-phobic [when it comes to institutions, anyway] me immediately thought, "I'm not even an official member of the church that is my home." I asked the polity question of what this would mean in terms of my having a vote and also in terms of my being able to serve on committees. (I almost caveated that I knew that sounded like I wanted to be on those things, but my asking was largely prompted by wanting to know how much obligation I would be incurring the potential for.
So we can add Church Membership to the list of things I am broadly clumping under "vocational discernment."
Talking about the Fall Holy Days that are really resonant for her (Fall Equinox/Mabon and Sukkot), Magpie Girl summarized their themes as:
* Abundance – celebrating the abundance of the Fall harvestIan H. is preaching this coming Sunday (I think on this past Sunday's Jeremiah text) on "Change Sucks!"
* Awareness – of what is ripening in your own life this season.
* Gratitude – for provision and sustenance.
I showed up at Rest and Bread feeling tired, hungry, and ill-prepared. Service went well, though -- and there were actually more than 4 of us. I extemporized the second half of my Reflection, and I wasn't always entirely sure people were with me, but I got compliments/thanks later. And I blanked twice during other parts of the service, but no one minds.
Yes, once I finish my yogurt I am so falling into bed.