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On this day in 1715 a hurricane strikes the east coast of Florida sinking 10 Spanish treasure ships and killing close to 1,000 people.
Rev Dr Durrell Watkins
Congregant to Rosen: “Rosen, why are you going to temple? You don’t believe in God!”
Rosen: “Yes, but my friend Schwartz believes in God and he goes to temple to talk to God, so I go to temple to talk to Schwartz.”
Often shared religious anecdote
Some of us attend worship services because the liturgy is uplifting and joyous. Some of us attend because we enjoy learning new things, hearing words of comfort and challenge, and being encouraged to consider new ways of looking at ancient stories. Some of us come to church because we like to feel useful, and participating in a committed, service oriented community meets that need. Some of us feel that the consecrated space is sacred space, and so it is in church where we feel most connected to our divine Source. And some of us just like the people at church and we go for the human connection. Whatever reason gets us to church initially, it is probably a meaningful spiritual experience that keeps us there; but the first step is just showing up (for any reason).
I give thanks for my wonderful church and for the many ways it blesses me. May it continue to thrive and may my contributions help it do so.
Click here for more readings: Spirit & Truth Readings
Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014 ~ 4:00 PM
Walt Lawrence & Stephen Lewis Center for Worship & the Arts
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets: New River Orchestra Tickets
“Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. But a growing number of people are fighting to keep LGBT aging from meaning aging in silence.” Admission: Free.
Financial gifts are needed to support good causes and churches are especially dependent on faithful, goodwill offerings. But giving is more than funding projects; it is a spiritual discipline that helps the giver grow. Generous people tend to be happier and they feel personally invested in the good work their gifts make possible. As much as churches and charities need our gifts, we need to be givers. This short book will encourage you to grow in the grace of giving and to experience the blessing that it is to be a consistent, generous giver.
To purchase, click here: The Sacrament of Sharing by Rev Dr Durrell Watkins