Each of us is created a precious and holy vessel of embodied love. We have been through a harrowing time since last Lent that has shattered our sense of wholeness–body, mind, and spirit–like a glass vessel fractured into pieces. In this Lenten “season of recovery” for our physical, communal, mental, intellectual, and environmental health, throughout our Sunday worship we will explore the healing narratives of Jesus that tell us about God’s solidarity with human suffering and remind us that we can begin a journey toward making something beautiful from that which is seemingly broken. Beach glass offers us a multifaceted symbol of this transformative process.
An unknown author has said this about the glass fragments that are collected on various shores:
“Ordinary pieces of tableware, beer or soda bottles, are flung into the ocean. Years pass, or decades, and then one day, there it is upon the shore: a small shard from one of those long-ago discarded objects. Shifting currents have rounded its edges; abrasion has polished its surface; exposure to the sun has altered its hue. And so, when we happen upon it, here amidst the shells and seaweed, we can’t help but laugh with joy at what seems a miracle: this ordinary fragment of silica that time and adversity have transformed into something beautiful.”
Time and adversity… making something beautiful out of that which, once seen as ordinary and broken, is now considered a transformed and precious piece. This is the journey we undertake.
The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, a time of naming brokenness. We committed to also enter a season of healing and recovery that requires the naming of what has been shattered as the first step.
We took “the yoke” of responsibility as disciples of Jesus to be the Body of Christ – a body of those who need healing and offer healing to the world. We were reminded that the promise of Jesus is that he is with us in our weariness and our burdens.
February ends with a reminder that God gathers us as a Beachcomber gathers and marvels at every precious surviving piece of beach glass she finds. We are never alone. We are never lost to the One who seeks humanity’s wholeness. We affirm our commitment to be the Body of Christ that knows we cannot be personally healed until we see the interconnected community as part of the process of healing. Jesus has the power to re-vision the family of God in which false boundaries are overcome. In a year of devastating loss of livelihood, we consider the social and economic health that reimagines status quo.
Join us on Sunday mornings at 9 AM, in person or online, and remember that Jesus attended to those considered ordinary, broken, even those deemed unworthy. No matter what, Jesus is the lover of our souls.
Sunday, April 4 at 7:30 or 9 AM in-person
9 AM online
Due to limited space, as a result of COVID restrictions, we are requiring advance registration for worship on Easter Sunday. Each service will be limited to 65 persons in the sanctuary.
Please reserve your spot for Easter here: https://tinyurl.com/EandREaster2021 or call (262) 547-2424. To confirm your choice please reserve before Sunday, March 21.