Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
January 14, 2020

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“The Longing”
Rev. David Wynn

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living,
I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. 
The Invitation, Oriah Mountain Dreamer


Longing…when I sit down to consider what I long for a myriad of things come to my heart. It surprises me how risky it feels to entertain what I ache for…dangerous even. At the same time it feels like freedom to courageously bring my longings out into the light and air and let them dance around me like the ancient whirling dervishes. It’s a big question. Oriah Mountain Dreamer defines longing this way, “it is the voice of the parts of myself I have left behind in the deals I have tried to make with life, trying to trade pieces of my dreams for promises of safety.” 

It seems to me that the place where all of our longings are rooted is in the soil of being seen, belonging, being loved and loving. Fr. Richard Rohr roots longing this way, “We are not simply made by God; we are made “of God.” So, we encounter the energy of God in our true depths. And we will know the One from whom we have come only to the extent that we know ourselves. God is the “ground” of life. So, it is to the very essence of our being that we look (and long) for God.”

If I asked you the big intimate question, “What do you ache for?” What would you dare to say? I commend it to your prayers and meditations this week and to our exploration this Sunday.  Let’s “be-longing” together!  
We will gather this Wednesday at 7:00PM to create our Vision Boards for 2020. We will also continue our discussion regarding what new topics we would like to add to our Wednesday gatherings.

Beginning Wednesday, February 05, 2020 we will be changing our Spirit Cafe' start time to 6:30PM. Please make a note on your calendars of the new time.


Prayers for Australia, Puerto Rico and Earth Devastation
Elder Nancy Maxwell

 Holy One,

We come to you seeking repentance for our selfishness
For our dependency on lifestyles that foul your beautiful creation
Which have led to the disastrous change in our climate
Now fueling horrific wildfires in the astonishing land of Australia,
Killing all your sentient beings in the fires’ path.
We pray for rain, for healing, for comfort
Yet we continue living a life of consumption and contribution
To the situation we pray to alleviate.

We confess we continue to use fossil fuels.
We stock our homes with plastics.
We tear off hundreds of plastic bags at the grocery store 
To carry our purchases
Fully knowing the bags will not deteriorate for 1000 years.
We blithefully stick another plastic straw in our drinks.
We seem unmoved by the death we cause of sea birds, fish and water mammals,
Their bellies filled with plastic.

We, only we, are the cause of the desperate plight of the earth.
We, only we, can confess our participation in this devastation.
We, only we, can change the course of this downward spiral of earthly degradation.

Hear our confession, change our hearts, mobilize our energies, 
So that we, only we, can accept our personal responsibility 
And, as required of confession,
Move us to change our ways, cleanse our hearts, 
Turn our comfortable ways into excruciating uncomfortableness
So that we might be in the proper place for receiving forgiveness-
A place of changed behavior and changed hearts.

Amen.
We received the following email from Matthew W. Roberts, PhD (Pronouns: He, Him, His), Partnership Specialist, 2020 Census, U.S. Census Bureau/Dallas Regional Census Center

Dear 2020 Census Partners and supporters,

During this celebratory season and with the new year nearly upon us, the Census Bureau and I would like to thank you for your support of the 2020 Census and efforts to ensure it is a complete success. Incredible progress is being made in preparation for April 1st. Soon you will see a surge in our 2020 Census national media campaign. This will get people thinking about the census and possibly create some conversation-starters for your outreach efforts.

As we continue to prepare, a key piece of 2020 Census logistics still needs to be fully accomplished: recruiting enough workers to conduct these massive operations. Not a holiday present per se, but you might be giving the gift of knowledge by letting people know we are recruiting right now for tens of thousands of jobs. They can go to:  2020census.gov/jobs

Another way is to post the following link on your social media or forward it to a friend.

January Birthdays
01/01 - Gay Broaddus
01/07 - Angela Lawler
01/16 - Missy Roberts
01/17 - Makenna Ashton
01/26 - Gary Haub
01/30 - Ward Thulin
01/31 - Robert Myers

Order of Worship
"Epiphany 3"

The Gathering

Call to Worship: "The Invitation, Oriah Mountain Dreamer" Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome: "Follow the Light" Community

Words of Welcome and Time of Greeting: Rev. David Wynn

Time with our Children: Trish Ashton

A Response: "This Little Light of Mine" Community

A Time for Meditation

The Gospel Reading: John 12:1-3 Judy Hudson

Song of Response: "Be Still" Community

Time of Teaching: "The Longing" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song: "Fill Me Now" Community

Community Prayer: Kevin Harkins

Response to the Prayer: "Come and Find the Quiet Center" Community

Bringing Our Gifts: Cassy Batts

Song of Sending Forth:   “From This Very Place”  Community

Announcements and Benediction: Rev. David Wynn

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