February 19th, 2012

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[Transfiguration Sunday] joy sadhana

We see the world not as it is, but as we are.
-Steven R. Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)
Unison Prayer of Confession

God of the Mountain Top,

We confess that sometimes we don't climb.
We have the wrong shoes on, or we're afraid we'll get lose and look ridiculous, or because, really, we're needed here on the ground.

We confess that sometimes, after a long trek up, we turn right around and head back down.
We're tired. It's getting dark. And if you've seen the view from one peak, you've seen them all.

Forgive us.
We know that we can climb with bare feet. We know that when darkness falls, you will light the way. And our souls long to be still and gaze out with you.

Draw us up the mountain. Hold us up there awhile. And then put us back on the ground, where we are needed, renewed.
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FCS Lenten House Church this year is on the 7 Deadly Sins. (Yes, one of my first thoughts was, "But we don't have 7 Wednesdays...")

And we're doing Adult Bible Study before Sunday worship (8:50am-9:45am) -- so apparently I'm *really* continuing my Lenten tradition of not getting enough sleep (usually it's just because there's 7am prayer service every weekday...).

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Melissa (on the book/project ideas we have floating around): "This is what happens when you live with someone for a while and you have lots of bitter discussions about how stupid people are."

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Pr. Lisa was teaching a a lay speaking class yesterday and, while mentioning this to me before service tonight, asked me if I'd thought about taking lay speaking training and then was like, "Oh, right, you're not a Methodist."
I said I've had plenty of conversations with UMC CWM folk about lay speaker training -- primarily a few years ago when I was writing sermons in my free time because I didn't like the sermons I was hearing in my churches and Tiffany said, "You might be repressing a Call -- I'm just sayin'."
I explained that I'd told Tiffany I am not Called to congregational ministry though I'm willing to believe I'm Called to some other kind of ministry.
Given that she's known me for ~2 years and in significant leadership for ~1 year, I was expecting Pr. Lisa to be like, "What is a polite way for me to agree with you that you are not cut out for congregational ministry?" but instead she commented that all the things that are bad for congregational ministry are things I could change if I wanted to -- and if I really felt Called then I would, because I'm really committed to being effective and successful. (I could argue about unchangeable parts of who I am that make me ill-suited for congregational ministry, but I took her point.)

Pr. Lisa and Cassandra had pre-planned for the Lenten worship planning meeting (using Season of Ash and Fire: Prayers and Liturgies for Lent and Easter by Blair Gilmer Meeks) so tonight's meeting was fairly straightforward.

One of the weeks is The Cross, and they had both thought of me as a preacher for that week -- Pr. Lisa was like, "You might have something constructive to say," and I was like, "I see what you did there" (deconstructive critique is really my primary and preferred m.o.). So that's in 2 weeks. *hands* (Mostly I am just like, "Ari will help me" -- because, as I commented while we were on the phone yesterday afternoon, she is way more brilliant than I am, at least when it comes to theology.)

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When I came home from evening church, this happened:
Houseguest: "How's God?"
me: "..."
Housemate: "Noncorporeal and ubiquitous?"

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

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. And they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Isaiah 9:2, Handel's Messiah)

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