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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is no less standing in awe and wonder of the connectedness of all things since his death on February 4th 
than when he spoke of his epiphany during Apollo 14.

“My biggest joy was on the way home, 
in my cockpit window every two minutes, the earth, the moon, the sun and the whole 360 degree panorama of the heavens.

And that was a powerful overwhelming experience. 
And suddenly I realized, that the molecules of my body, and the molecules of the spacecraft and the molecules in the body of my partners were prototyped and manufactured in some ancient generation of stars.

And that was an overwhelming sense of oneness, of connectedness. 
It wasn’t them and us. It was… that’s me, that’s all of it, it’s one thing.

And it was accompanied by an ecstasy, a
 sense of O My God,
wow, yes, an insight, an epiphany.”

Remember… remember… remember…

We are born of stardust and to stardust we return.

During the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday,
the traditional words are uttered,

“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

That we are born of stardust emerges in light of scientific understanding that “almost every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a star.” http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=52

We are more than dust, we are more than stardust!

We remember our humanity
and we need to remember our divinity too;

the divine spark that dwells within everything,
the gift of the Creator.

Read more: Ash Wednesday Message

A congregation gathers on a Sunday morning. There has been a lot of preparation. The altar has been set, bulletins have been printed, the heat turned up. The choir has practiced. Worship begins with The Word: Scripture and sermon, hymns and prayers have challenged and inspired. At God's Table, all come to to be reconciled to God and one another through Christ's body and blood. Renewed and strengthened we are Sent to live into our calling as apostles in the world. But first... the fellowship of coffee hour awaits. The Church, St. Paul said, is the body of Christ and each a member. It's true! Never perfect, filled with all sorts and characters and yet, a beautiful living organism of God's grace.


 Watch and Pray [Taize chant]

Stay with me,
remain here with me,
watch and pray,
watch and pray.

We’ve been traveling through the Christian season of Epiphany. The gospeler Luke has guided our journey for the most part, except when John detoured us to attend a wedding festival in Cana. For Luke, prayer is the portal to experiencing God’s glory.

Prayer is the path through which divinity flows between God and Christ. Prayer is the channel by which God’s grace pours into us. Prayer is the river of compassion and strength flowing between one another. Prayer is like a choreographed dance of love between God, Jesus, Spirit, you and me.

Read more: This Week's Sermon

The Key to Peace

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/

A thread that runs through Thay’s teachings is the call for understanding that leads to peace. Of his many books that speak to peace, Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995/2007) resonates deeply with me. He quotes Professor Hans Küng who said, “Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.” Thay invites us to open ourselves to see other points of view. He says, “People kill and are killed because they cling too tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies. When we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely be the result.”

He continues, “The second precept of the Order of Interbeing, founded within the Zen Buddhist tradition during the war in Vietnam, is about letting go of views: ‘Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints.’ To me, this is the most essential practice of peace.” (Kindle Locations 183-188)

Read more: Rector's Message

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