We continued our series on touchstones for building trustworthy community. Our children’s choir sang. Larry S. and Jon S. both offered special music on this Sunday. We focused on the touchstone: “Learn to respond to others with honest open questions. Do not respond with counsel or corrections. Using honest, open questions helps us “hear earth other into deeper speech.” We couple the touchstone with several short questions offered by Jesus:
Matthew 8:26: “Why are you afraid?”
Matthew 16:15: “Who do you say that I am?”
Matthew 20:32: “What do you want me to do for you?”
4th Sunday of Lent- Parkway UCC- 11am Worship Service
The focus touchstone this week was: “Speak your truth in ways that respect other people’s truth. Our views of reality may differ, but speaking one’s truth in a circle of trust does not mean interpreting, correcting or debating what others say. Speak from your center to the center of the circle, using “I” statements, trusting people to do their own sifting and winnowing.” Rev. Michelle Johnson offered the message.
Directly following the worship service there was a brief congregational meeting and vote to extend a formal call to Rev. Johnson to be Parkway UCC’s part-time Associate Pastor.
PSA: No copyrights are owned by the church for the music used for this service- Only used for educational, religious study and non-profit use.
We invite you to consider reading a piece of sacred text or meaningful poem outdoors with, through, and to the land and all the land’s inhabitants. Perhaps even read it aloud. How does such a setting influence your understanding of the text and how it works on you? How does it change your sense of relationship with all that surrounds you?
We continued our series on the Circle of Trust Touchstones this First Sunday of Lent, exploring the touchstone “Give and receive welcome. People learn best in hospitable spaces. In this community we support each other’s learning by giving and receiving hospitality.” Music by Jon S. and the Stallings. Rev. Michelle Johnson preached.