Dear Extended Community:
This week I was mindful of celebrating Memorial Day in the midst of the pandemic. My thoughts turned to experiences of loss and transformation as I have encountered them in my personal life, my pastoral career, and in my work at Hospice of Santa Barbara. The sermon is "Hearts Broken and Renewed."
Luis Moreno is our reader.
Disciple Dog shares a story of what he will be doing on Memorial Day.
The images include two by Van Gogh, "Old Man in Sorrow" painted near the end of his life and "Irises;" I read once that the white iris possibly represents Van Gogh himself as he felt isolated from others but nevertheless grounded in the same living earth. The painting and quote regarding the broken heart was created by a teenage client of ours when I was at Hospice. There is also the abstract "Light" by Sue Kemnitz, an anonymous photograph suggesting transformation and a photo of the cemetery at Arlington.
Once again we will be blessed with a piano prelude from Chrstopher Davis, and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," "Spirit of the Living God" and "A Hymn of Peace" led by Chris and Erin McKibben.
At the close of the service, in place of the usual blessing and response, we've included an inspiring video of more than 60 churches in the UK singing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." Thank you to Carol Lefley and others for bringing this to our attention.
Below you will see a suggestion for observing Memorial Day this year passed on by Nancy McKenzie and notice of a national service of remembrance on Sunday received from Judith Muller. You can also find links to coffee hour and the adult education class.
I hope we will all find reasons for gratitude, hope and purpose this weekend.