Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

[Lent 2B] joy sadhana wore her ~shimmery light blue & white sweater today

Best way to keep me quiet during a Bible Study? Do a lectio style where we go around and say what spoke to us personally and there's NO DISCUSSION. [Lambeth/African style] I had comments the 3rd round, but the first 2 I was like, "Yeah, I got nuthin." (It didn't help that my body was rebelling at the use of the H-word during Lent in The Message version and all the masculine pronouns in the Message and the NRSV and the pronunciation of YHWH in The Inclusive Bible.)

I stayed for the Congregational Meeting re: the Capital Campaign (which lasted less than an hour!) and left shortly thereafter as I needed to eat some real lunch and finish my sermon.

I got crepes to-go from Mr. Crepe, took the shuttle bus to Harvard Square, walked to HBS, and sat in the foyer of my building on my netbook and then went upstairs to my office to print out. (I had considered just going to HEUMC and working on the office assistant computer, but I think this was the better plan.)

During Coffee Hour, Rae asked, "Do you know what you're preaching on?" I said yes -- and said that if I had to wing it right now, I would be okay. When I actually pulled my draft up, I realized I'd had a somewhat overly optimistic recollection of how much I'd accomplished thus far -- but I was done about 2:30.


FCS today was: the Twelve Steps of AA: Step 6; and the 7 Deadly Sins: Greed+Gluttony.

The Meditation in the bulletin was:
From Geneen Roth's Women, Food and God:

It's never been true, not anywhere at any time, that the value of a soul, of a human spirit, is dependent on a number on a scale. We are unrepeatable beings of light and space and water who need these physical vehicles to get around. When we start defining ourselves by that which can be measured or weighed, something deep within us rebels.

...Compulsive eating is basically a refusal to be fully alive. No matter what we weigh, those of us who are compulsive eaters have anorexia of the soul. We refuse to take in what sustains us. We live lives of deprivation. And when we can't stand it any longer, we binge. The way we are able to accomplish all this is by the simple act of bolting -- of leaving ourselves -- hundreds of times a day.

...Imagine not being frightened by any feeling. Imagine knowing that nothing will destroy you. That you are beyond any feeling, any state. Bigger than. Vaster than. That there is no reason to use drugs because anything a drug could do would pale in comparison to knowing who you are.

"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:
  • morning church
    • Bible Study finished with each person offering a prayer for the person to their right: Patricia said a very nice prayer for me ♥ -- and with help from the Holy Spirit/linguistic osmosis, I said a prayer for Jen B. M.
    • [before service] Gary to me: "Do you know where the word 'Lent' comes from? My girlfriend was asking me the other day, and I said, 'I'll ask Elizabeth -- she knows everything.' " [I didn't know, but I looked it up later.]
    • Neil sits on the opposite side of the sanctuary from me, but he came and found me during Passing of the Peace today :)
    • Molly swapped in female pronouns for God in her reading of The Message.
  • evening church
    • David O. texted me this morning to say: "Hi Elizabeth I plan to come listen to you today can you give me the name of the church again thank you"
      He did indeed show up, and after a moment's deliberation after seeing him come in, I ran down the hall to ~tacklehug greet him.
      He was largely out of his element, but he seemed to have positive experience (and we still have intentions of getting coffee sometime).
    • Seeing my sermon actually printed out, I was struck by how much of it was just quotation -- which admittedly is my tendency ...exacerbated by my preaching on only one text. Various people said nice things, though, so I feel like I preached a message that was for the good of the body, even if I didn't have a lot of my own brilliance to add (and really, sermonating is not about me).
    • Pr. Lisa couldn't drive Cassandra home tonight, so Julia did. I told Julia she'd probably still get home sooner (driving me to Medford and Cassandra to Winthrop and then herself home to Newton) than she would if she just drove me home, since we talk for an hour minimum, even when one or both of us is exhausted; she concurred. So I was in my house by like 7pm. Kinda bizarre. I am reminding myself that I'm getting up at 5:30 tomorrow morning and so an early abed would be a v. wise idea.
Things I did well today:
  • sermon
  • washed dishes
  • looked up the names of all the women I didn't know in this for tagging-upon-reblog purposes
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]
  • I do not have after work obligations.
  • acquiring groceries
Tags: church: somerville: cambridge welcoming, church: somerville: first church ucc, church: somerville: ucc: bible study, issues: weight and health, joy sadhana, people: church: david o., people: church: gary, people: church: neil, people: julia, people: pastors: molly, son of a preacher man

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