December 4 10:30 AM Meditation Practice ‘Nam myoho renge kyo’With Norma Taylor Nam myo ho renge kyo. That is the chant for the Nichiren Dai Sho Shu sect of Buddhism that studies the Lotus Sutra, that I used to belong to with my Japanese friend Masako in the 1970's. In this meditation I will be teaching a little about the Lotus Sutra and the meaning of the chant, then do about 10 minutes of the chant as a group, then go into a silent mediation for about 20 minutes.
December 11 10:30 AM “HELP!” With Rev. Shelley Dugan In this season of giving, when so many pleas for donations and charity show up in our mailboxes and in our e-mail, it is easy to become overwhelmed. For those who give gifts, the pursuit of the perfect gift - at an affordable price - can become a great quest. All this giving and all this receiving is complicated. Today we will explore the dangers of giving poorly and not receiving well. Together we will examine what it means to be a good giver and a good receiver. December 18 10:30 AM Christmas Carols & Hymns With Ted Stevens and Norma Taylor Join us in the fun of singing a variety of Christmas carols and hymns. Ted will be playing guitar and Norma will accompany on piano. Be sure to bring your singing voice, your cheerful person and some of your favorite Christmas treats to share!
December 25 No Service Today - Just a wish for you- TAKE JOY I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it yet, within our reach, is joy. Take Joy.
And so...I greet you with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away.