October is near and with it comes many opportunities to restore our spirits, to nurture our relationships and to engage the world. I want to tell you about two of them.
On Tuesday, October 2nd we will launch our new midweek worship and dinner program. Called Midweek Worship & Dinner: Eat, Pray, Stay this new opportunity will give us another chance to eat together, to worship together and to share and study together. Child care and children’s activities will be part of the program. Worship will be at the heart of the evening – beautiful music, heartfelt prayers, time for children and a special mediation by Joe or me.
Some of us cannot attend our Sunday worship service. Many of us know people who are unable to go to church on Sundays. This Tuesday midweek worship is designed for you. It is a weekly time to pause and to center ourselves in worship. It is an opportunity to be renewed and re-created as we acknowledge that we are bound together in vital relationships with God, with one another, with our own selves and with all creation.
I encourage you to give Eat, Pray, Stay a try. I also encourage you to tell others about this worship opportunity. I believe there are many people out there who are looking for a church likes ours – affirming, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, loving and open. It’s up to us to tell them about our church. And now there are two worship services a week! Just think of the difference this might make in the life of someone you know.
Also in October, Father Michael Lapsley will be with us. Fr. Lapsley is an Anglican Priest who was placed on an assassination list by the South African government for his leadership in the anti-apartheid movement. In 1990 Fr. Lapsley opened a letter bomb losing both hands, one eye and much of his hearing. Since then, Fr. Lapsley has been on a journey of the spirit that is now centered in his Institute for the Healing of Memories.
Fr. Lapsley is coming to be with us in Boulder so that we might meet him and learn from him. Also, Fr. Lapsley is coming to help us explore a growing vision. That vision is the creation of a Rocky Mountain Institute for the Healing of Memories. Centered in our beloved church this Institute for the Healing of Memories would provide opportunities for all to come and heal the wounds of our spirits and our hearts.
So often healing our spiritual pain and our emotional damage is so much harder than healing our physical injuries. Our Rocky Mountain Institute for the Healing of Memories would be a context for such healing – creating both a haven of blessing and a place of peace for us all.
I am excited by this vision. I hope you will be excited, too. You can learn more about Fr. Lapsley and his Institute for the Healing of Memories by coming to a public lecture at our church on Friday, October 19th at 7:30 pm, by participating in a day-long workshop on Saturday, October 20th and by attending worship on Sunday, October 21st when Fr. Lapsley will be our guest preacher. You can purchase tickets for Friday night on our website. There will be opportunities to learn more and to contribute to the Institute for the Healing of Memories at all of these events.
I am so grateful for our church and I thank God for each of you.
See you Sunday. Until then please keep our beloved church in your prayers. I remember you in mine.