Archive for January, 2010

I did a Ritual

January 1, 2010

Last Sunday I created and led a ritual to let go of habits we want to get rid of.  I mentioned that I had “read” Karen Armstrong’s Book “The Case For God” and one point that she made (again and again) was that Liturgy was the work of the people and the idea was that religion was to be experienced the idea was not to tell people what to think, but give them experience it for themselves.

I told them as introduction that I wanted them to have an experience so that they would learn something and then  I had people write something (or make a mark – for privacy) on a paper that I had provided. and then fold it half and hold it real tight and without ripping see if your neighbor can pull it away from you.  (Unsuccessful of course) Then I had them  let the habit  go and let their neighbor have the papers… Then baskets were circulated to retrieve crayons and bad habits for burning after service – (I don’t burn paper in the sanctuary – it’s my policy)

If I do this again I would add the part about habits we want to form in  the next year and have people call their good intentions into our sacred space.  So that would be one perfectly good example of participating in ministry. I do such things as a matter of course.  I think it will take practice to record it all.  I will have to remember to keep track of it all here.

Next time I must remember to bring my own lighter so it’s easy burning.  It would be cool to find paper that’s better for burning.  The copy paper is smoky and stinky.  I wonder if they use that at the Vatican.  (Tee hee!)

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My church resolutions – 2010

January 1, 2010
  1. I want to  throw a New Years Celebration (Dry or practically dry)  next year.   We didn’t this year, but I wonder what would happen if we did.   I think I would call it an annual celebration even the first time.  If it didn’t work that would be okay… I’d like to get a second shot on the Christmas candles.
  2. And next year we hafta hafta hafta to a Black Friday  offering.  It’s the cool thing to do and we must do it.
  3. I would like if humanly possible to get trained in OWL so I can do Adult OWL and invite the public.  I think it would be HUGE!   I was talking to our own members who had no idea that Gay and Lesbian issues would be covered.  This is something I need to share…
  4. I also have this wild fantasy that I will call everyone in the church I haven’t seen lately (or don’t know yet) and get to know them and bring them back in.   I hope I will fool myself and do that.   It will help with my work on getting the names all attached to the faces.  (See I’m in Fort Lauderdale, the city itself has high turn over and now with the economy being so especially terrible here and the foreclosure rate so high, we have high turn over and I have trouble talking myself into learning names that I will soon have to forget.  So I am working on my attitude and my memory both. )
  5. I also want to make sure that I blog the books I read so I can keep track.  Apparently I also need to log what I do just in case the wild fantasy of studying for the ministry ever comes to pass.  If I participate in ministry…

    This is altogether too much to ask as I have personal resolutions too (eat only when hungry, exercise daily)  and if I can wrap my mind around any of this…

Recycling Services

January 1, 2010

I’m not even a minister and I have already recycled service ideas.   I just get the feeling that they are not quite getting my point so I reformulate it and redeliver.  What are the limitations?  I was thinking that after a while a minister would have to repeat.  I wonder what good parameter would be?