at Jackson Community Church and Around Town
at Jackson Community Church and Around Town
Jackson Community Church and Around Town
MON, Nov 5 – SUN, Nov 11
THIS WEEK @ JCC: Mon – Scouts; Tue – Pastor’s Drop-In Hours (Glen Ledge Corner Store); Wed – Tune-Up Fitness; Thurs – Yoga; Sun – Interfaith @ Gazebo, Choir Rehearsal, Worship with Veterans Day & Armistice Observances. COMMUNITY EVENTS: Mon – Legacy Pavilion (Jackson Grammar School); Tue – General Elections (VOTE); Wed – Housing Forum (Whitney Community Center) & Distinctive Photography (Jackson Library); Fri – Eastern Slope Ski Sale (North Conway Community Center); Sat – XC Consignment Sale/Ski Swap (Jackson XC Center) & Eastern Slope Ski Sale (No Conway Community Center) & Holding Difficult Conversations (Conway Library & Old Jackson Library); Sun – Holding Difficult Conversations (Whitney Community Center)
How do you place God — holy healing Love — first? How do you care for yourself? How do you care for your neighbor? How do you love the home — creation — in which you and your neighbor abide? How do you love the un-loveable?
What are the edges of how and who you love? What are the limits of how you allow yourself to be loved in return?
Fire of love, crazy over what You have made. Oh, divine Madman. — Prayer of Catherine Siena
O you who’ve gone on pilgrimage – where are you, where, oh where?
Here, here is the Beloved! Oh come now, come, oh come!
Your friend, he is your neighbor, he is next to your wall –
You, erring in the desert – what air of love is this?
If you’d see the Beloved’s form without any form –
You are the house, the master, You are the Kaaba, you! . . .
Where is a bunch of roses, if you would be this garden?
Where, one soul’s pearly essence when you’re the Sea of God?
That’s true – and yet your troubles may turn to treasures rich –
How sad that you yourself veil the treasure that is yours!
— Rumi ‘I Am Wind, You are Fire’
Translation by Annemarie Schimmel
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Here are Rev Barbara Brown Taylor’s thoughts on the Love who insists one being Present and bears Witness to our lives:
“I use the word “sacred” to describe something that grounds me in this world and opens me up to another world all at the same time. Oceans usually do it, especially in the middle of summer storms. The kindness of strangers does it. Getting sick does it, especially if I am so sick that I cannot do anything for myself. Being present at the birth of a new human being does it, and so does being between the sheets with someone I love. I could go on. I use the words “holy” and “divine” to describe the same phenomena. They almost involve the sense that there is a Witness to my life, a Consciousness that is for me in the best situations but also in the worst, where this Sacredness is working around the clock to make life out of death for me and every other living thing.”
I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens.
Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying,
but also something wonderful happens to me.
I’m grateful that I’m heard.
— Maya Angelou
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi
This week @ JCC: Tue – Deacons mtg, Wed – Tune-Up Fitness & Zimbabwe Potluck Dinner & Council Mtg; Thurs – Pastor’s Drop-In Hours (Glen Ledge) & Yoga; Fri – Pastor’s Office Hours & Wedding Rehearsals; Sat – UCC Annual Mtg (Concord) & Wedding; Sun – Interfaith @ Gazebo, Pet Blessing @ Gazebo, Worship @ church. Community Events: Ongoing: Volunteer for planing & oiling Legacy Pavilion @ Jackson Grammar School; Wed – League of Women Voter’s Meet Your Candidates Forum @ No Conway Community Center; Sun – Hops & Hymns @ Hobbs Tavern for Whitehorse Addiction Center.
How will you come boldly into the presence of God, of Love? What does it mean, for you, to trust that you will receive the help you require, if not the help you desire, even if you cannot possibly merit it? Have you ever felt such a moment, being utterly loved and supported? Have you ever offered that sort of love and support to someone else? What sort of grace, or help, do you need?
How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold?
Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root,
and in that freedom bold.
— William Wordsworth (excerpt)
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute –
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated —
Begin it, and the work will be completed!
— John Anster (excerpt) translation of Part One of
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s“Faust”
Dream a big dream, a bold dream. Don’t play conservatively between the 40 yard lines. Don’t just play it safe. — Robert Kraft
Fortune befriends the bold. — Emily Dickinson
Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self. — Queen Latifah
Shine like the whole universe is yours. — Rumi