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

[First Sunday after Christmas (Day)]

[LJ kept refusing to let the update go through last night, so, posting this morning.]

Sun. Dec. 30, 2012

As it turned out, the blacktop of College Ave. was well-cleared, so I actually could have biked to church -- avoiding the whole "walking in the street" issue as the sidewalks were only intermittently cleared until about midway into Tufts campus (though there weren't many vehicles on the road, so I didn't feel unsafe) -- but I opted not to turn around and get my bike (in part because I had just chatted with Joan across the street about the fact that I wasn't biking today -- apparently she sees me biking a lot ... and is glad I wear a helmet).

It was after sunset that I came home, but the sidewalks didn't feel too dangerous to me, so I probably could have biked home fine, too (and there was even, to my surprise, enough clearing for me to have parked my bike where I normally park it across the street from morning church).

Unison Prayer of Confession


You are big open love that knows no boundaries
And that can be hard on us.
Honestly, it would be easier to keep track of You if You were a little smaller,
A little less mobile.

You are everywhere,
But that includes so many places that we'd rather not be and we'd prefer that
You kept away from them too.
When you go there, it's hard for us to follow.

You are a wide-open welcome,
But we'd be more comfortable if you could be a little more selective -- just to keep things simple.
It's just a tough job, working a room as big as Yours, and it can make us feel small and lost.

You sent Jesus to us to help sort things out.
If we get confused, he said, just love one another.
Really, we'd like to know, what's so simple about that?

God, we can get lost in your big open love.
And not know how to find You.
Help us to stop trying to make You smaller so that our faith might feel bigger.
Be with us as we follow you into a world without walls.

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]
After three days, Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Jesus were amazed at Jesus' answers and understanding.
-Luke 2:46-47 (NRSV, alt.)
Good things about today:
  • Edit: During Coffee Hour, I hugged Lisa C. while we were both sitting down and she commented (as she often does) on what a strong hugger I am, this time commenting that my arms are so strong despite my being so tiny. (This always seems strange to me, since I don't think of myself as having a lot of upper-body strength.) /edit
  • In the sound booth this morning, there were copies of the bulletin from Cantata Sunday and Christmas Eve -- so I get to have All the bulletins even though I didn't go to All the services :)
  • Batshua solved the Audacity problem I was having -- and I made a note in the Sound Book Checklist gDoc so I wouldn't repeat the error I'd been making.
  • Batshua also restrung my rainbow bead necklace, as promised.
    • We went to Tags and she got something she had been unable to find in previous hardware stores and I got a set of 4 pairs of pliers for $5 (I'd forgotten to check at home if we had needle-nose pliers).
    • And then we went to Michael's -- which has been open in Porter for some time but which I had never been in -- and a salesperson was immediately helpful (though we eyerolled at checkout that the register display included Fun & Original Cakes for Men & Boys).
      • While in Michael's, we heard The Gabe Dixon Band's "All Will Be Well" (which I hadn't listened to in ages) which led to conversations about songs that include that line. Apparently the line "the tower of Julian" in Sydney Carter's "Julian of Norwich" (which song I do remember from Daffodil Sunday at First Churches Northampton) makes Batshua think of Julian as living in a tower; I think of Julian as having a ground-level cell, and the Internet seems to suggest that I'm correct on that (I expect onwingsofeagles or sk8eeyore would know for certain).
    • Evening church got canceled, so the fact that we got a later start than intended was fine and we ate foods at the Panera in Porter Square -- where Class of 2010 Smithie named Adrienne joined our conversation at one point (I was telling a story of someone asking me where I'd gotten my necklace, to which my answer was Pride & Joy in Nothampton) :).
  • J ate many of our leftover cookies -- yay, them not going to waste.
  • winter mix from Allie (which I haven't actually listened to yet, but that's beside the point)
Things I did well today:
  • asked FCS-Ian about the fact that the sound booth computer wasn't connected to the Internet -- and edited the Sound Booth Checklist gDoc to include the first fix-it step if it happens again
  • Housemate introduced J to Stranger Ways' "I'm Judging You" (our house theme song -- though I don't actually think everything in the song is judge-worthy) [original, extended version] and commented about how hard it is to find online (she doesn't like any of their other stuff, so buying a whole album doesn't make sense). I wondered if one of the Minuteman libraries would have a copy which she could just rip the track off of. She thought this unlikely, given that they're really only popular in our social circle, but I Googled [stranger ways i'm judging you album] to get the album name to look it up on MLN -- and Result 3 was bandcamp page from which one can purchase the song for $1 *win*
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]
  • Housemate and J are making chocolate chip cookies -- which I'm too full (and tired) to partake of, but there will be cookies tomorrow.
  • possibly attending a NYE party around the corner
Tags: benchpress a bear, church: somerville: first church ucc, church: somerville: ucc: sound booth, free hugs, future reference librarian, joy sadhana, music, people: batshua, people: church: lisa c., smith: small world, the house of withering looks

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