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The Unitarian — September 1, 2022

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

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Summer Worship in the Parish Hall at 10 am


September 4

Rev. Chris Jablonski

Awakening


Sunday, September 11, at 9 am and 11 am

Water Ingathering in the Sanctuary

Please bring water from someplace special to you to combine on that morning with everyone else’s water.


Childcare is available at all worship services.


From Your Minister


Early on in the summer, I was out on my front porch.


I was sitting in the shade on a beautiful sunny day when a butterfly flew towards me in wild loops and landed on a verbena right in front of me.


I was very close to it, and rapt as it explored the many blossoms, and then the most beautiful thing happened.


It leaned in, its whole body angling down as it moved its proboscis down into the fluted flower to drink in the nectar.


I breathed deep, witnessing the grace of form and design and nature and evolution.


The flower, perfectly fluted to hold the nectar safe from wind, the proboscis evolved to reach the depths.


And I immediately thought of us all.


There is something so similar to us all, and the spiritual path we are on together. We, too are seeking depths. And we too, are made for this.


We have spiritual hunger and curiosity. We are seekers and strivers, not satisfied with superficiality, but looking deeper, asking questions, seeking to know and grow.


But we are also the blossom. So many of us in leadership are also creating the blossoms, creating the containers for others to go deep.


As we craft small group ministry sessions, as we prepare agendas for meetings, as we learn new music with the choir, in so many ways that we connect and serve, we are creating the pathways for others to go deep.


And so this is one of my many prayers for us all this coming year.


That we go deep.

That we are butterflies, leaning our whole selves in, that we seek depth and growth and expansive learning.


And that we are blossoms.


That we create pathways and opportunities for others to go deep. That we support one another along the pathways of our spiritual growth.


We do this in so many ways.


I am full of excitement and joy for this coming year.


We have so many wonderful programs and opportunities.


We will be reaching out with lots of invitations and communications in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.


This year will see the return of the youth service trip, as well as opportunities for adults to travel as well. We will have even more online workshops and classes as well as in person retreats and classes. We will have worship featuring even more kinds of Vespers services as well as outdoor services and more. We will have two new seasons of the podcasts as well as brand new communications to explore and enjoy. And so much more. So stay tuned.


And as always, if you have any questions, or if there is any way we can be of support, please reach out.


Just now, months later than that first butterfly, I was in the backyard watering plants, and sure enough, another butterfly swept into the yard and settled on a brilliant cluster of blossoms on a butterfly bush my wife planted inspired by that first butterfly visitor. And sure enough, all over again, that butterfly landed gently, leaned in and drank deep.


Welcome back everyone.


See you soon.


So much love,


Chris

Beautify the Sanctuary with Flowers

Thank you for donating flowers to beautify the Sanctuary. Our longtime partner, Paradise Flowers, will create the arrangements, which are $90. The form below is for online payments; if you would like to pay by check, please contact the church office by email or call/text 781-400-4587.

This month, we Share the Plate with Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU)

You can make a worship offering below, text the word “offering” to 617-819-8168, or mail a check to the church. Please make checks payable to The First Church in Belmont and write “offering” in the memo line.

Candles of Joy and Concern

Each week, Samuel Foster lights candles of concern and celebration in his weekly video. Samuel looks forward to receiving your news, your reflections, your prayers, indeed anything you feel moved to share with your congregation. Click here to email Samuel. Emails received by Tuesday night will be included in the video for that week; otherwise, the week after.


September is here!

Adult Programs are beginning/continuing. The following programs are being offered online:


FCB Sangha: Mondays at 7:30 pm

Contact: James Hencke Meditation practice allows us to dwell in the present moment.


Belmont Unitarian Alliance: Thursday, September 8, 11 am

“Retirement Security: It’s Not Just About Money”

Presented by Dr. Jacquelyn James

Jacquelyn “Jackie” James PhD is the Senior Advisor, at Sloan Research Network on Aging and Work at Boston College. Jackie and her husband Sam have been active member of the First Church, Belmont since 1988.

Jackie will present “Retirement Security: It’s Not Just About Money” including her research on the psychological, physical and social dimensions of retirement at any age. She will discuss the resources available for assistance for people retiring. To get the zoom link contact Miriam Baker.


Science and Spirituality

Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm

Contact: Kirk Israel

First Church of Belmo