“But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there I still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy.”
– Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, The Whale
Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Rhododendron - by Matthew Dickman
“How'd we lose that good that was given us? Let it slip away. Scattered it, careless. What's keepin' us from reaching out, touching the glory?
You're death that captures all. You too are the source of all that's going to be born.”
– Private Witt (Jim Caviezel), The Thin Red Line (1998
Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Luke 15:1-10
NEJMA by Nayyirah Waheed
“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of [people] willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation…Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators." But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than [people]. Small in number, they were big in commitment.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Luke 14:25-33
American Sonnet For My Past And Future Assassin -by Terrance Hayes
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).” – Mark Twain
Scripture Readings: Luke 14.1, 7-14 Hebrews 13.1-8, 15-16
What Kind Of Times Are These - by Adrienne Rich
The Rev. Seth Wispelwey
Interim Pastor of Rincon Congregational UCC.