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Tue, May 03, 2016
February Minister's Message
 

BethDana2

“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Each year as a church we observe the season of Lent, the weeks leading up to Easter, in various ways. We have engaged in spiritual practices that gather our resources to help others, and that call us to examine our own limitations as humans. This month we will mark the beginning of Lent with a ritual that reminds us of this truth – “remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Please join us on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a contemplative Ash Wednesday service including singing, responsive prayer, and the imposition of ashes gathered from our New Year burning service and ritual of renewal.

The Ash Wednesday service connects us with stories and practices from our Judeo-Christian heritage, reminds us of our mortality, and expresses the blessings and limitations of being human. It prepares us to observe the season of Lent, which we conclude with our Maundy Thursday service (March 24) and Easter Sunday.

We engage in many rituals over the course of a church year through Sunday worship, holiday services like Christmas Eve and All Souls Day, and rites of passage such as child dedications, blessing Coming of Age youth and graduating seniors, new member ceremonies, weddings, memorial services, honoring long-time members, and more. These rituals are an important part of a life of faith, and are an expression of our deepest values and commitments.

What rituals do you and your family have at home? How do you mark holidays and holy days and life milestones like birth or adoption, death of a loved one or a pet, a new year, new school, new job, new home, coming of age, marriage, divorce, birthdays, achievements, graduations, and more? I am in the process of developing a booklet for our church (and beyond) that offers spiritual resources for families, including meaningful rituals like these. I would love to hear from you about what you do, so that I might share it with others! Please email me (bdana@dallasuu.org) if you have something to offer.

I look forward to joining with you in the rituals of this season.

Blessings,

BethSignature

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