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Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Time Event
9:50p
Rest and Bread ("Ocean")
A CD was playing pre-service as per usual, and I had a moment of thinking it was Handel's Messiah, but I thought I was just imagining connections as I often do when I hear music, but then I heard "despiséd" and realized that yes, it really was.  I was surprised that they had chosen that bit.

In the Welcome, Laura Ruth said "we like sheep have wandered here."

The Psalm was Psalm 93.

The Sacred Text was an actual Bible passage -- Matthew 14:22-33.
    Listening to it, what I was struck by was that Peter asks Jesus to command him to walk on the water.  And then asks Jesus to save him as he begins to sink.  What a model for discipleship: "Lord command me.... Lord save me...."
    In her Reflection, Laura Ruth talked about how in many traditions (e.g., Jain, Sikh, Islam) crossing water is indicative of enlightenment... to have crossed the water and not died one has wisdom &etc.  She said she thinks by stepping out into the (metaphorical) water, taking risks, we learn what our gifts are; and she talked about the importance of community (who lift us up when we begin to sink).

I stayed after to offer Laura Ruth two corrections (one from the service, one from the bulletin).

She said something about being glad I keep attending this service.  I said I had noticed with some bemusement that I was the only person (besides her) who had been at every single service since I started coming and I don't even go to this church.  She asked if that was usual for me and I said yeah, actually.

We sat outside in the gentle sun, eating the leftover communion bread (we do intinction with a loaf you tear -- like at CWM), and sometimes dipping it into the leftover grape juice.

I chatted with Althea and Jeanna (sp?).  For my reference: The guy who's been doing the service with Laura Ruth is Michael, the bigger dark-haired guy was Peter, the slender blond guy was Jason, the woman I think I've seen before was Jenny.

I walked with them to Davis T Station (Holland St. side) and then began to walk home, whereupon I soon bumped into Jason W. :)
9:54p
pretty good day
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I watched more ESPN than I did CNN.

I was half-expecting for the Celtics to lose last night's game.  I mean, the Red Sox have a grand history of 'ripping defeat from the jaws of victory' -- plus this year the Patriots ended a perfect season by losing the Super Bowl.  After we failed to sweep, I felt like surely the series would at least get tied up.  (Though I wasn't really invested either way.)

I kept getting close to tearing up watching the postgame -- especially since they kept replaying Kevin Garnett.

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DRFD is incompetent.  I am a rock star.  Film at 11.

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I find this somewhat fascinating.  (And sidebar: It is tagged "same-sex marriage," among other things.  See my previous complaint about dKos diary tagging here.)  The Social Security Administration (SSA) abides by the federal DOMA and so, for all benefit purposes, does not recognize any same-sex partner as a "spouse."

"Entitlement does not end if the divorced spouse or surviving spouse enters a same-sex marriage or union."  Bisexuals FTW!  (I noticed this particularly since a flister was recently blogging about the eliding of bisexuals in referring to same-sex marriage as "gay marriage."  One commenter on the flist suggested "gender-neutral marriage" 'cause "same-sex marriage" elides so many trans folk.)

One commenter says, "The fact that they will continue to not count same sex unions for SSI deeming issues is a good thing.  It will ultimately allow more children and disabled adults to receive higher benefit payments even though the family has more earned income."

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