October 5, 2014
Worship Service 10:00am
Please join us after church in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.
It is being hosted by the Diaconate.
“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”
Welcome to this weeks – e-bridge!
Get dressed up for this Sunday’s service as we play to take a group photo of all present. We will use this photo for some of the upcoming publicity. This is also a warning for those who are camera shy to come also but you may wish to remain seated while the body comes forward.
Come hungry as we celebrate communion – remember this is “World communion Sunday”
Below is Rev. Spencer’s reflection of Exodus 20 a text familiar to us from the past weeks readings.
Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…” You remember that story, don’t you?
It starts with, “Let there be light,” and it progresses through sky and earth, sun and moon, plants and animals. All blessed, all good, so very good. And then, on the seventh day, God rested.
Here’s what I want to know: What did God do while he rested? How did God spend her day off?
Did God sit around all day in her pajamas, gorging on Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s straight from the tub? Had God been so busy working all week long that he had to spend that seventh day doing laundry, running errands, catching up on email, paying bills? Did God feel guilty about taking time off because there was so much work still to be done?
Of course, we can’t know exactly what God did on that seventh day. But the rabbinic tradition gives us a wonderful way to think about it. The rabbis have interpreted this story to mean that there was, in fact, something yet to be created on that seventh day, something without which the universe would be incomplete. That something is called, in Hebrew, menuha. We often translate this word as “rest,” but its meaning runs deeper than that. Menuha is not just the absence of work – it is the presence of delight.
Can you imagine God on that seventh day, strolling through a field of wildflowers, taking a dip in the ocean, savoring the sweetness of a strawberry, playing fetch with a golden retriever, listening to a child laugh, sitting down to dinner at a candlelit table?
What God created on that seventh day was rest, to be sure, but it was an active, appreciative, relational rest, a rest characterized by delight – a rest that is both a gift and a commandment.
What would it be like if we approached our sabbath days with that kind of eagerness, that kind of joy? And how might that spirit of sabbath delight spill over into the rest of our days?
Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine: THIS Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic. Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available. To sign up please see Teresa Kregling or email email@example.com, phone 203-881-2027.
22nd Annual Polish Dinner: Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm. We would love to have you join us again this year. We will need many hands to make this another successful year. Any donations are welcome. Contact Teresa Kregling during coffee hour or at 203-881-2027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snowflake Fair Update: There will be a Committee Meeting next Saturday, October 11th at 9:30 AM in the Nursery. Next Sunday will be the deadline for donations to the Positively Pink basket. A sign-up sheet to volunteer to work the day of the fair will be on the back table during coffee hour.
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK
Reverend: Tuesday- Thursday 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Administrative Asst: Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Rev. Ed is here Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 AM – 4 PM. He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that. Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.