Reflection for Worship. . .
My father told me on many occasions that the key to a good marriage is a bad memory. And what I take that to mean is that storing up resentments is toxic to relationships. I don’t necessarily agree that forgiveness means forgetting the “wrong” done. But it does mean doing the hard work of reconciliation and forgiveness – letting go of the resentments – and having a new beginning.
We church people talk a lot about how God forgives us – all of us – repeatedly – and loves us no matter what. But we are not as good at actually forgiving each other – or even ourselves – for messing up. Let’s reflect on forgiveness this Sunday.
Communion will be served and Anne will step down as Sabbatical Coverage Minister.
-Rev. Anne G. Cohen
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. [S/He] who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader (1929-1968)
"Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you've closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart."
- Bishop Desmond Tutu, South African Civil Rights Leader (b.1931)
Also this Sunday...
In this week’s service we will hear singer/songwriter Neara Russell on piano/vocals. We hope you can join us at 11:30 am.