Season of Renewal
To Live in the Mercy of God
To lie back under the tallest
oldest trees. How far the stems
before the ribs of shelter
To live in the mercy of God. The complete
sentence too adequate, has no give.
Awe, not comfort. Stone, elbows of
stony wood beneath lenient
And awe suddenly
passing beyond itself. Becomes
a form of comfort.
Becomes the steady
air you glide on, arms
stretched like the wings of flying foxes.
To hear the multiple silence
of trees, the rainy
forest depths of their listening.
To Live in the Mercy of God
To float, upheld,
as salt water
would hold you,
once you dared.
To live in the mercy of God.
To feel vibrate the enraptured
waterfall flinging itself
unabating down and down
to clenched fists of rock.
Swiftness of plunge,
Hour after year after century,
O or Ah
spray. The smoke of it.
Of steelwhite foam, glissades
of fugitive jade barely perceptible. Such passion—
rage or joy?
Thus, not mild, not temperate,
God’s love for the world. Vast
flood of mercy
flung on resistance.
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John Philip Newell – Returns to St Andrews!
John Philip Newell and the School of Celtic Consciousness is introducing a quarterly gathering and the first meeting will be at St. Andrews, Friday, June 24. This will be an ongoing community of prayer and practice using the teachings of John Philip Newell. John Philip will lead this initial gathering focused on meditation, chanting and prayer. The evening starts at 6pm with a light reception to follow. No RSVP is necessary, but we are looking for volunteers to help usher, set-up and break-down the reception and sell books and CDs. Please see Ally Dodge or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga: Tuesdays, June 21, 28; 10 – 11 am
The Season brings an invitation to rest and restore your mind and body in a yoga class led by Kate Rosen.
Experience the beauty of the sanctuary as you are led through a series of easy yoga poses designed to invite stillness and surrender.
All are welcome – experienced yogis and complete beginners. Please bring your own yoga mat and large towel or blanket if you have one. Some mats and blankets will be available for those without.
Tuesdays, June 21, 28; 10 – 11 am. Child Care available by request. (Please contact Kylie Schwartz by the Friday before the Tuesday you will need child care).
For more information please contact Kylie Schwarz (email@example.com) or Kate Rosen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Book Study: The Sabbath
How do we bring about the elusive atmosphere that is the Sabbath? We know what to do with space, but how do we shape sacred time? As Mother Elizabeth journeys through her Sabbatical season, we join her in a time of rest and renewal. Abraham Heschel’s book will help us enter into our season.
Join us Wednesdays at 7pm in the Delzell room for the discussion sessions. The following topics will be the focus, but the conversation will certainly – and hopefully! – wander.
- June 22: Ritual Observance
- June 29: Re-engaging with the Sabbath at home and at St. Andrew’s
We only have a couple of books left, so if you’re interested and would like to purchase a copy or for other information, contact Matt Bentley or Kylie Schwartz
Through August, the choir is open to all comers. The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal. There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk. It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program. Any and all are welcome!
Summer Sunday School
We give our regular Sunday School volunteers the summer off. On six Summer Sundays we will have a One-Room Schoolhouse for children and youth (4-13 years) in the undercroft for those who don’t wish to sit through the 10am service (busy boards and books available for those who do and/or when there is no Sunday School). Please don’t miss our Summer Sunday School on June 19, 26 and August 7, 14, and 21. We return to our regular schedule of Godly Play every Sunday for ages 4 to 4th grade and TSE every other week for 5th to 9th graders on September 11.
Silent Auction Update
A BIG Thank You to all of the Bidders, Donors, and Volunteers who helped make the Bid and Brunch Silent Auction a Success! The auction and bake sale will netted about $12,000 when all proceeds are received.
Team Coordinators: Chair, Judie James; Computer and Tabulation, Shelley Brown; Food. Nancy Weaver; Beverages, Reese Jameson; Bake Sale, Ally Dodge; and Children’s Activities, Zoe Cole. Team: Teri Appell, Barbara Becker, Barbara Bomberger, Jonathan Culwell, Karen Davis, Richard DeTar, Betsy Hoover, Diane Jameson, Reese Jameson, Lucy Johnson, Tom Lentz, Betty Luce, Lucy McGuffey, Rita Osborn, Jeff Parrott, Susan Trickett, and Scott Weaver,
Please pay for your purchases during coffee hour following the 10 am services on June 19. We will accept credit card payments, checks, or cash. If you have questions, email Auction2016@standrewdenver.org , or call Judie at 720-626-5300.
Family Promise is an organization that has a program that houses families for a period no longer than 60 days. During that time they are counseled for financial, resume and parenting. Many arrive with jobs, but are not able to obtain housing. By adhering to the rules of family promise, they have proved their stability for paying rent and being good tenants. The families are vetted for the program before being accepted. They have had a very high percentage of positive results for jobs and housing. Please consider helping at this critical time for the program.
The church that was to host the families for July 17-24 no longer participates in the program. First Unitarian Church stepped up to house the families as well as support their stay with food, etc. They have asked St. Andrew’s to continue its participation for a normal rotation for dinners on Wednesday 7/20 and Thursday 7/21, an overnight stay on Thursday 7/21 and breakfast on Saturday 7/23.
There will be a sign-up sheet on the coffee table on Sunday June 12. Please look at your calendars and sign up. These families are so appreciative of our contribution to their well-being and continuing process of getting housing and employment. Hearing their stories is a reminder that each of us could be in their situation, but there for the grace of God we are not.
Any questions please do not hesitate to email Lynne Valentine at email@example.com or call 303 955 6911.
Brief Update on Frank and Lynn Huber for our “Beloved Community”.
As some of you know, Frank had a bad right side (brain)/left side (body) stroke on May 28th. He’s in Swedish Acute Rehab unit, which is as good as it gets, and they are planning to keep him longer than normal because they believe he’ll be able to benefit (functionally) from the extra time–a very good sign.
We do not want food or visits. (Special diets for both of us, and Frank has more than enough people to deal with on the staff.) He would welcome cards, especially polite humor, and we both very much covet your prayers. If you want to know more details, please go to this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hlsjcp9z6qev2fi/2nd Update 6-7-16 NEW PAGES DOC.pdf?dl=0
FINALLY PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANY OF THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA OF ANY KIND. Many thanks.
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