Worship for August 16, 2020

Strengthening the Worshiping Community
Opening Reflection

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. 
~Pema Chodron
Call to Worship
Shared by Karen Richter

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
  and all that is within me,
  bless the holy name of God.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
  and let me not forget the blessings I’ve received—
How God forgives my iniquity,
  How God heals,
How God redeems my life,
  How God crowns me - even me! - with steadfast love and mercy,
Do not forget the good which so often provides satisfaction, 
  so that my energy might be renewed like the eagle’s.
~ Psalm 103, paraphrase
We Celebrate With Music and Giving
Today we celebrate our virtual potluck and the ties that bring us back together in friendship and solidarity. We also celebrate the birthday of Lois!

Special Music
Thanks Forrest and Carol for 'Reach Out to Your Neighbors.'
Spirit of Life, remind us of the joy of giving. When we are tempted to despair, when the world fills us with anxiety and fear, call us to compassion. Gratitude gives us opportunities for contentment and peace. We affirm our experiences of generosity: God indeed blesses all gifts and all givers. Amen.

Your financial support of our community continues to be important and appreciated. The needs of our own congregation and the needs of our beloved neighbors are growing and changing. Click here for Heidi’s Corner, our weekly financial update. 
Interview With the Pastor: a Series of Chats
"Brother Talk"
Pastor Ken Interviews Michael Stancliff
Brother Talk highlights our core value of inclusion. This week, we are excited about Ken's talk with Michael Stancliff, whose work in education and immigration advocacy blesses our community in so many ways.
Our Online Community Via Zoom
Adult Spiritual Formation -
Exploring the Iceberg Model of Culture at 10:00 am

The iceberg model is a way of talking about how unexplored assumptions and values influence action, relationships, and speech. Last week, we got started on this work... today, we get a little deeper with higher stakes as we explore what's "below the surface of the water" in white supremacy culture.

Word About Life for Today -
by Rev. Ken Heintzelman at 11:00 am

In this season, friends, we’re listening to the sermon live on Zoom right at 11:00 am. If you have questions about what to expect or want to hear some self-care suggestions to prevent Zoom-related burnout, please use the chat box.

Coffee Chat and Discussion - NEW FORMAT
Immediately following the sermon
We're getting more adept at the online tools available to us. Today we'll be using the feature 'Breakout Rooms' to allow for more personalized discussion. Think about the Breakout Rooms not as scary technology but as the tables at Coffee Chat - a chance to get to know folks and have a great talk.
Announcements and Reminders
It's our Virtual Potluck today! Whether you're snacking on something homemade or store-bought while we gather or whether you sent in a recipe to share, it's the togetherness that counts. Take a peek at some friendly potluck recipes from friends here.

Shadow Rock's staff and leadership continue to learn new ways to stay connected in spacious solidarity while our campus is closed. We appreciate your support and patience. Your ideas, suggestions, and input are both welcome and needed. Please reach out if you need help - you can always call the church office phone (602) 993-0050 for instructions on how to connect with Pastor Ken, Lois, or preschool Director Liz Curry.

If you are in need of food, financial assistance, or medication, please reach out to any staff person or board member.