Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton and Curtis Murphy, Intern Minister.
Just as the summer weather has finally arrived in full force, we’ve turned the pages of our calendars to September and our attention to the year ahead. On Sunday, we’ll gather for our annual Water Communion service. The building will be filled to overflowing with the giddy excitement that marks the homecoming of our congregation each fall. It is, for me—and for many of us—one of the best days of the year.
For the water ceremony, remember to bring a small amount of water you may have collected on the journeys you took this summer, be they near or far, literal or figurative. (If you forget to bring water, know that there will be small cups of water on hand for you to use.) As we’ve done in recent years, there will be four distinct opportunities to pour your water (you may pour more than once!). Because our water can hold many meanings, the congregation will be invited forward to pour out waters of Sadness & Grief, Transition & Change, Rest & Renewal, and Happiness & Joy. Between now and Sunday, you might give thought to the meaning of the water you’ll share.
For this very festive service, my reflection will speak to this month’s theme of what it means to seek a life of kinship; Dallas, Lisa, the Choir, and our Resident Musicians have prepared a feast of music for us; and it will be my great pleasure to introduce you to Curtis Murphy, our new Intern Minister.
Finally, a reminder that this is the final weekend to register for a Theme Group for the fall. These journey groups provide an opportunity to connect with others around the monthly topics, while going deeper on your own spiritual path. I hope everyone will consider taking part. Online registration ends on Saturday. In person registration will be available on Sunday following the service.
I look forward to seeing you all back at First.
In faith and love,