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September 29, 2020

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The Wild Self
Rev. David "Grizzly Adams"

I’m just back from a weekend outdoors…camping with Carrie is my happy place.  It gave me time to reflect on “the wild self”.  If you’re wondering what I mean, I’m referring to that space where our souls and bodies are in complete communion with Spirit, Nature, our instincts, and our intuitions. It’s the sweet spot that compensates for the predominance of institutions, consumerism, and the controlling culture in our worlds. I got to practice trusting the rhythms of life in the wilderness. It can be bliss and it can also be suffering and confusion.  Whatever it feels like, it is the place where wisdom is born and where what is real shows up. 

So, this Sunday we are going outside! We know that our ancestors often gathered outdoors in sacred circles to feel the earth, with people they loved and trusted. Now, they probably did not have to social distance, wear facemasks, or park in every other parking space, but we are going to do those things for the love of each other. We will have a sound system (if you want to bring lawn chairs and sit in a safe circle), we will still be live streaming, and you can still sit in your car if that is more comfortable for you. However, you join us this Sunday...bring your wild self!  
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A Prayer to Heal
 
God, help me and my family to get our minds back on you. I know we need to stop thinking about what is going on in this world. Help us to be faithful in prayer. May your spirit watch over us and protect us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Deacon Tressie Carter 
MCCNY


Prayer For Us All

Eternal One, these past five months have been very difficult for us. Many of us have experienced losses in so many areas of our lives. We have watched as loved ones were snatched away by Covid 19 and we were not able to be with them as they took that last breath. Some of us were told we would not be able to continue to work in our usual location and were shuffled from our jobs to working from home while others were forced to work without PPE in the midst of spiraling numbers of death all around.

We saw our country take a giant leap backwards to injustices, some that just did not seem possible in 2020. Our children have been denied their freedom to be children as they were no longer able to be with classmates, see their favorite teachers, play with friends or in some cases, even be outdoors. Many of us grew up believing that 20-20 was perfect vision, but in the case of this year, our vision of the world we knew has vanished before our very eyes. We are unsure how our new world will look. 

But I know that you Eternal One, are the One Consistent Presence Upon whom we can depend. May The Light Of Your Child, Jesus The Anointed, shine upon us and show us the way to be better, be greater, be the change that we would like to see in our world, but more important that we be the people You Created Us To Be. We humbly come Trusting and Believing that You Still Work All Things Out For Our Good. Hear Our Pleas and Prayers in The Mighty Name Of Jesus! Amen, Ashe’, May It Be So And So Shall It Be!

Norma J Sharp
MCCNY/Unity Fellowship Church NewArk
MCC Connect This Week


USA 2020
National Trans Visibility March goes LIVE this week with a line up of daily events. Check out the schedule and the live streams at https://www.nationaltransmarch.com/live
MCC Richmond's Centering Community
Mondays @ 11pm GMT / 6pm EDT (UTC-4)
(Richmond, Virginia, USA)

A time of shared meditation and mindfulness practice open to all. No previous experience necessary. Come just as you are!

Meeting ID: 789 140 7100  Password: 953527
The Unveiling, a study of the Book of Revelation on Thursday evenings at 7:00PM EDT via Zoom. The study is facilitated by Pastor Dexter Brecht and Terry White from Imago Dei MCC (USA). For more information and the links to join, please email revdex@aol.com
MCC Toronto (Ontario, Canada) invites you...

to a 15 minute time of reflection on Facebook Live each Wednesday at noon Eastern, UTC 4pm (UTC-04). Rev. Jeff Rock and Rev. Deana Dudley share inspiring reflections, scriptures and prayers to support us through these difficult times.

MCC Toronto Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MCCToronto/
Register now: https://bit.ly/study2ML

SANCTUARY ONLINE
MOVES TO WEDNESDAY
FOR THIS WEEK ONLY
Wed., September 30th
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain /
7pm Central / 8pm Eastern /
midnight UTC

Book Club Discussion 
Where the Crawdads Sing

 
Sanctuary’s Zoom Room: 
Democracy, Values and the 2020 Election

North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light and the North Carolina Council of Churches are hosting an eight-week forum series detailing the important issues facing us this election beginning on August 12th. These events will highlight our multi-issue faith voter reflection guide – Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities – in addition to featuring expert speakers, and educating attendees on policy/the reality of voting during a pandemic. Register for individual weeks at https://www.ncchurches.org/programs/ncipl/upcoming-events/

Voting Our Values Forum Sessions - weekly on Wednesdays 12-1PM EDT / 11-1PM CST
--September 09 Democracy & Voter Rights 
--September 23 LGBTQ+ Rights 
Agape' Worship
October 04, 2020

Outdoor Worship Service
October 4, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

Join us for an outdoor worship experience in the Agape' parking lot.

Prepackaged Individual Communion Cups with Wafers will be available or you can bring your favorite breakfast food and drink.

This will have a great service! Please remember to wear your masks and bring your chairs. (we will have a sound system set up so everyone can hear)

Join us on Facebook live every Sunday at 10:30 for our virtual service.

09/29 Saige Ashton
10/03 Evelyn Brown
10/05 Billy Stewart
10/06 Deanie Sewell
10/16 EJ Hudzina
10/20 Donna Boutwell
10/25 Jude Nerio
10/28 Shawn McCraw