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No Score

What if we are playing with God
and there is no score,
no winning or losing,
only playing with God?
Oh, the play is serious:
justice and healing and the mending of the world.
But what if God doesn’t want us to perform well,
but only to play?
What if it’s not about being good enough
but being with God?
Forget the score and play.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light 
www.unfoldinglight.net

This week I continue to sit with the invitation from Jesus in Matthew 11
 

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ (Matt 11: 28-30 NRSV)
 

I continue to ponder what it means for each of us to come and learn the unforced rhythms of grace... to learn Jesus' way of walking, working and playing in the world.  

May you find playful moments with the Divine this week!

 

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 7

PLEASE NOTE:  This Sunday worship will be live-streamed from Laurelville Camp, where we'll worship with our siblings in Christ throughout Allegheny Mennonite Conference.  You can watch this live-streamed worship in the sanctuary, or at home by clicking HERE for the Zoom link.  Worship is at the same time as usual, 10 AM.
Scriptures for Sunday:

Colossians 3: 12-17
 
MOMENTS OF JOY...

Kate visiting with Jim and Cathy Pierce; Micah and Daniel enjoying the rain; Hoyeon volunteering at Plowshares.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AT UMC :

Volunteer at Plowshares Farm:  Bethany and Micah Spicher Schonberg invite anyone who enjoys weeding to volunteer any Thursday through October, 9:30-12, with a free, vegan and gluten-free outdoor lunch at noon. Friends and family are welcome. Please RSVP by Wednesday evening.

PSU PATHWAYS instructor Emily welcomes conversation partners with English language learners - in person or on zoom. Contact Emily HERE for more information.

MC USA Snapshot: The effects of the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD) are far-reaching, resulting in Indigenous people’s lands having been stolen, polluted and destroyed for centuries. In her blog, “The land is not empty,” author Sarah Augustine calls on all of us in Mennonite Church USA to join her in fighting against the DoD. Read more HERE.


Zoom links:

Tuesday Sharing and Prayer 
Sunday morning service 
You Tube channel

Ode to Dirt

 

Dear dirt, I am sorry I slighted you,

I thought that you were only the background

for the leading characters—the plants

and animals and human animals.

It’s as if I had loved only the stars

and not the sky which gave them space

in which to shine. Subtle, various,

sensitive, you are the skin of our terrain,

you’re our democracy. When I understood

I had never honored you as a living

equal, I was ashamed of myself,

as if I had not recognized

a character who looked so different from me,

but now I can see us all, made of the

same basic materials—

cousins of that first exploding from nothing—

in our intricate equation together. O dirt,

help us find ways to serve your life,

you who have brought us forth, and fed us,

and who at the end will take us in

and rotate with us, and wobble, and orbit.

 

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Blessings,

Kate
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