To paraphrase my colleague, Rev. Leslie Woodward, “It’s going to be a wonderful month at Heritage Church. Won’t you join us?”
Late in the month, one of my favorite annual church rituals – the Water Ceremony during our Ingathering Sunday – will allow all of us (regardless of who you are, where you’ve been, or even if you brought water) to symbolically and literally join together in community as we kick off the fall season and a new “church year.” This meaningful ritual reminds us of our physical Source (water) and our spiritual Source (God, community, the Spirit of Life, Om…). It reminds us of our interconnection with one another, of the rites of passage (weddings, funerals, the welcoming of babies) yet to come this year. It reminds us of the sacred cycle of life of which we are a part. And it allows us to blend our experiences (and water) into one common container – all while creating beloved community.
Rev. Leslie and I also have some other plans for our Ingathering Sunday that we’re keeping a secret – at least for now!
Earlier in the month, I will be offering a couple of “seeker services” – worship services that are particularly newcomer-friendly, designed to give a good sense of Unitarian Universalism, and Heritage Church, to those who are less familiar with us (and serve as a refresher for those who are very familiar who we are and what we do!). Please be sure to invite a family member, neighbor, friend or co-worker. I will continue the “seeker” theme on the 1st of September by exploring the ways our church and our faith differ from other churches – in our own, and in other, faiths.
Meanwhile, your Worship Committee is thinking of new and innovative ideas to make our services fresher and more enjoyable for all ages and all stages of faith development.
Can you tell I’m excited about worship at Heritage this summer/fall? I hope you’ll join me – not only in the sanctuary, but at all the other fun and friendly gatherings we have lined up in the coming months. And if you think you want to join Heritage – if you are ready to become a member – please speak with me or drop me an email. Our next Membership Ceremony is September 8.
See you at church!