December – Awe

December – Awe

“When we are stunned to the place beyond words, we’re finally starting to get somewhere. It is so much more comfortable to think that we know what it all means, what to expect and how it all hangs together. When we are stunned to a place beyond words…when all we can say in response is “Wow,” that’s a prayer…What can we say beyond Wow, in the presence of glorious art, in music so magnificent that it can’t have originated solely on this side of things? Wonder takes our breath away, and makes room for new breath.”
Anne Lamott, from Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Awe means feeling wonder at something we can’t understand, or know, that brings us a feeling of peace, hope, and connection beyond ourselves. Perhaps we feel awe when we look at the stars, when we cuddle a purring kitten, hear a baby laugh, have a sudden fond memory triggered by an aroma, stand in the woods while the wind blows in the trees, watch the waves come in at the beach, watch the snow fall covering all in pureness, eat a favorite food that brings to mind someone we love, sit transfixed by the lights in the trees…

In this season of awe what makes you say “WOW”? What is your prayer? Now is the time to “…seek questions rather than answers, mystery instead of solutions, wonder instead of explanations. Michael Yaconelli

Vicki Merriam, Director of Religious Education
RE Calendar – KidSpace
12/8 – “Hope is Something We Create” we’ll make peace doves and glitter galaxy ornaments.
15 – “Winter Festivals”; Whole Church Worship followed by our holiday Sunday social. Bring holiday treats to share especially latkes. Followed by a carol sing.

22 – The solstice brings seasonal celebrations of all kinds: we’ll make Santa treats, play dreidel, and wish upon a star.
12/24, 6:00 PM – Christmas Eve Whole Church Worship and Pageant.
12/29 – Game day.

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