Wings Worship

2017 Winter CON Worship


Main idea: How can we bring our individual spirituality into our everyday lives and communities


Friday, kinesthetic:

Chalice Lighting: Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action. --Mother Teresa


Worship Etiquette/welcome to worship: Thank you all for coming to CON this weekend. We come together now to explore where we are going or want to go in our communities and as individuals. This is intended to be a place of support, if you have anything that you would like us to help you carry, I invite you to speak it now as you are comfortable.


This weekend worship is going to be a little different from the worships we’ve done in the past. I’d just like to remind everyone to be mindful of others and this space and try to keep this a worshipful space throughout all of worship ceremonies this weekend.


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On the piece of paper in front of you I want you to write a message to someone, no one specific, that is honest. It can be a supportive message welcoming the world into your space, a phrase about something you struggle with, a confession of something that helps you, a quote you find inspiring, a story you like, anything. Understand that these messages will be read by someone else. Then fold the paper, put it in front of you, and wait patiently while everyone else finishes. If you feel so moved, write more than one message on the extra paper provided. While you do this I will read a poem, ‘On giving’ from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Then said a rich man, “Speak to us of Giving.”

And he answered:

You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?

And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the over prudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?

And what is fear of need but need itself?

Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?

There are those who give little of the much which they have – and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all.

These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.

And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;

They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.

Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;

And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving

And is there aught you would withhold?

All you have shall some day be given;

Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors’.

You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”

The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.

They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you.

And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.

And what desert greater shall there be than that which lies in the courage and the confidence, nay the charity, of receiving?

And who are you that men should rend their bosom and unveil their pride, that you may see their worth naked and their pride unabashed?

See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.

For in truth it is life that gives unto life – while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.

And you receivers – and you are all receivers – assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.

Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings;

For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father.


Thank you. Now, I will give my message to the person on my right and say, ‘This I give to you’ and it will repeat around the circle. If you have more than one message, give one now, and give the others later.


Closing words: “I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life - whoever you are, whatever our differences.’ John Denver


Closing Song: ‘Spirit of life’



Saturday, visual:

Chalice Lighting: “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ― Audre Lorde


We will be doing a more visual worship tonight. As you can see the floor is covered in butcher paper and there are plates of paint scattered around. I invite everyone to use your hands, feet, arms, and body to express your spirituality. Show where it comes from, where it is going, and where it is with others in this large scale abstract painting. Stay in one spot, move across the room, do what feels right to you in this collaborative work of art. I encourage you to talk as little as possible and use the paint to express yourself.


MOVE INTO BRIDGING




Sunday, auditory:

Chalice Lighting: “Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind.” --MLK Jr.


As I read the following by Jonathan Reed hoot, holler, and make noise when you feel moved to. Agree, disagree, and rejoice with your voice and yell out to the world your truths.


I am part of a lost generation and I refuse to believe that I can change the world I realize this may be a shock but “Happiness comes from within.” is a lie, and “Money will make me happy.” So in 30 years I will tell my children they are not the most important thing in my life My employer will know that I have my priorities straight because work is more important than family I tell you this Once upon a time Families stayed together but this will not be true in my era This is a quick fix society Experts tell me 30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce I do not concede that I will live in a country of my own making In the future Environmental destruction will be the norm No longer can it be said that My peers and I care about this earth It will be evident that My generation is apathetic and lethargic It is foolish to presume that There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it . And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it .

There is hope. It is foolish to presume that My generation is apathetic and lethargic It will be evident that My peers and I care about this earth No longer can it be said that Environmental destruction will be the norm In the future I will live in a country of my own making I do not concede that 30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce Experts tell me This is a quick fix society but this will not be true in my era Families stayed together Once upon a time I tell you this family is more important than work I have my priorities straight because My employer will know that they are not the most important thing in my life So in 30 years I will tell my children “Money will make me happy.” is a lie, and “Happiness comes from within.” I realize this may be a shock but I can change the world and I refuse to believe that I am part of a lost generation


Closing Words: Song, ‘Go now in peace’

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