Welcome this is the E-Bridge for Christmas Sunday
This week we will listen in on Mary and Elizabeth as they discuss the child bearing concerns.
We will also dedicate our pray shawl Ministry.
Below is this week’s Spirted Wednesday from the Connecticut Conference.
As I write this I was interested in what was happening around our Conference. Often I will hear some way ask what is the Ct all about or what is the UCC doing?
I clicked into the site yesterday to listen to this week pod cast. I found it very educational. The first is a reflection “Hope” by Cecile Gilson. The second was some information about what some other congregations are doing this season. Third is a wonderful segment from the Conference Archivist Rev. John Van Epps. He details the Connecticut Congregational involvement in the war of 1812 “Madison’s War” and how that led to the separation of church and state. Here is the link for you to join the conversation.http://www.ctucc.org/index2.php
You may also discover other information about what your conference is doing about the state of Ct.
Annunciation – National Gallery of Art
Here is Rev. Howson’s reflection “Open”
Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Mary Lou Howson
by the Rev. Mary Lou Howson
December 17, 2014
Luke 1:30,34-35,38c (NRSV)
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus…. Mary said to the angel, “How can this be for I am still a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God. Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
There is inspiration that emerges from our heads: new ideas, pathways to resolve an issue or solve a problem, actions one needs to take. Sometimes the ideas emerge slowly. At other times they are a flash of insight.
But there is another type of awareness deep within us, somewhere near the solar plexus, where the depths part and life welcomes us to give birth. This openness initiates a great turning or opening. We are somehow both embraced by the love of the Cosmos and set free in the Spirit. Whenever we open to the angel’s touch, our being is opened and a new wholeness emerges.
For me, the most beautiful image of this moment of opening and transformation is the Cestello Annunciation by Botticelli. (You can find it easily on line.) Notice Mary’s posture as she turns. If you try to imitate it, you will likely fall so hold on. For when the Holy One calls us away from the past into a new future, we will be destabilized. Even the beauty of the moment will throw us off balance. As the angel kneels and Mary turns, their bodies seem to create a circle of intimacy and wholeness. As each reaches out a hand to the other, we can almost feel a living, kinetic energy flowing between them.
The painting represents that open, vulnerable moment when we let go of the securities of the past and the certainties of our own minds and open to God’s call into a future we cannot imagine. It is the moment when something new is conceived within us and, still off balance, we say, “Yes,” to a new way of being that we cannot yet envision or comprehend.
Monday, Dec. 22
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
6:30 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal
6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135
Wed, Dec. 24
4:00 PM Adult Choir Warmup
5:00 PM Candlelight Service
Thursday, Dec. 25
Don’t forget to purchase your gift cards from Deanna Imbro.
For those who have to submit a report for the Annual Meeting, please start working on it. Thanks. Connie
When you are cleaning out your unwanted Christmas décor and other miscellaneous items this year, please consider donating it to the church…we will be having another tag sale sometime in the spring.