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September 22, 2020

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Holding on.

Ask yourself, is holding on important?

Our first instinct is to reply, "yes, it is important". We will likely answer without asking ourselves what it is that we are holding on to. Is this thing we are holding on to healthy for us? Does this thing still serve us? What would happen if we let go?

I am guilty of holding on to things long after their expiration date. I tend to try and salvage what I can from it hoping to breathe enough life into it so whatever "it" is can survive. I do this with just about everything, or I did. I am learning new ways to sit with the "things" and learning to release when expiration seems inevitable.

Learning to let go is not easy.
Holding on is not easy.
There are lessons in both.

This is the season for letting go. Let's look at the things in our life that are no longer serving us and find a way to let them go. Things can be mental, physical, or emotional. "It" can be a relationship, some clutter, a thought process or any number of things.

I encourage you to let it go. Stop holding so tight that you bleed.

I will do the same.

-Trish Penland-Ashton

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Oh God of vast and diverse creation

We thank you and celebrate all diversity and all your children and all the ways they identify and express love.

This week as we observe Celebrate Bisexuailty Day we give special thanks for all our bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, and polysexual siblings as well as all those throughout the spectrum of non-monosexual or queer identities.

May we learn from them and be inspired by them and by the beautiful and inspiring diversity of love and attraction that you created oh god.

Help and empower us to stand up for our siblings and call out and dismantle the individuals and structures that attempt to erase or minimize your bi+ children.

Grant all your bi+ children all the strength and conviction they need to live lives out loud - proud of who they are, who they love and how you in all your wisdom and love created them.



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Metropolitan Community Church of New York
MCC Connect This Week
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
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:
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Sanctuary Online

Sept. 29 - Book Club Discussion: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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

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
September 27, 2020

The Gathering
Call to Worship
Song of Intention: "Come Just As You Are"
The Reading: Psalm 19:2
Song of Response: "In the Secret"
Time of Teaching: "I Want it All"
Song of Centering: "There Is A Longing"
Community Prayer
Song of Response: "O Christ Surround Me"
Time of Giving
Holy Communion
Song of Sending Forth: "The River Is Here"
Sending Forth

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

09/01 Mickey Howell
09/06 Seth Wynn
09/12 Lisa Davenport
09/16 Larry Hollis
09/21 Faith Ashton
09/22 Gail Russell
09/22 Trigg Davenport
09/23 Letty Cruz
09/25 Vida Trevino
09/29 Saige Ashton