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“In the face of the strain of tasks beyond our strength, we must turn inwards to the source of strength.  If we measure our human strength against the work we see immediately ahead, we shall feel hopeless, and if we tackle it in that strength we shall be frustrated… and fall either into torpor or exasperation.  There is no healthier lesson we can learn that our own limitations, provided this is accompanied by the resignation of our own strength, and reliance on the strength of God.  The wheel of life will fly apart unless it is spoked to the center, and we are placing ourselves in danger whenever we fail to recognize this, whenever we go rushing onward without taking time to turn inward.” 

                                 Phillip Britts, Seeking Peace

Our everyday experiences reinforce our limitations.  We face the challenge of moving forward with integrity and hope while knowing we are often veering off course and sometimes going off the rails entirely.  This quote reminds us that to stay on track we must remain ‘spoked to the Center’. 

This autumn as we note the activities and service opportunities, which are filling our church calendar, we are also taking stock of our common life.  What are we doing well?  How do we emphasize and expand our gifts and assets?  What strategies and plans might we make to strengthen the less effective and satisfying aspects of our common life?

The Congregational meeting scheduled for November 1st, to elect officers and approve the budget, will include an opportunity for our community of faith to review some key aspects of our corporate life and think together about how to both capitalize on and remediate areas in which we can effect change.  We have some decisions to make about who we are as a congregation and our process for discernment is not to determine where we want to go but where God is leading us.  We have been given some vast promises for what the Spirit will empower us to do.  This requires resources of time, talent and treasure, as we have always taught, but also creating a vision of hope for the future making dreams into reality. 

 

“Our life will become not narrower, but broader; not more limited, but more boundless; not more regulated, but more abundant; not more pedantic, but more bounteous; not more sober, but more enthusiastic; not more faint-hearted, but more daring; not more empty and human, but more filled by God; not sadder, but happier; not more incapable, but more creative.  All this is Jesus and his spirit of freedom and peace.  He is coming to us.  Let us go into his future radiant with joy!”  

              Eberhard Arnold, A Joyful Pilgrimage

 

P.S. Please show your support and interest in our common life by attending worship every Sunday and plan to stay for the meeting on November 1st.             

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