A Wild Kingdom and Some Important News!

This Sunday, some important news and the wildness of God . . .

Fish in the sea, you know how I feel

River runnin’ free, you know how I feel

Blossom on the tree, you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me,

And I’m feelin’ good

(Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd)

Staff_McDermott, TomHappy 2016!

It’s a new dawn and a new year! As I write this, it is Epiphany, the day of God’s revealed presence in the infant Jesus — hope and the transforming of the world revealed to three Magi in the dark of the night!

So, I’m thinking of the ways we meet the Holy in the world and the longing for some changes in my life. Resolutions for the coming year. (I just take last year’s list and cross out “2015”!)

For a lot of folks, resolutions can become frustrating and counterproductive. But change still happens, right? Sometimes, exactly as we plan, just as we resolve.

7671546958_e4e952d678_zBut more often than not, life happens to us while we’re making other plans.

Neighborhoods change. Our economies change. The weather changes. We lose health, wealth, or loved ones. We lose our dreams. And we change our clothes, our hair, our style. We change cities, schools, partners, jobs. We reinvent ourselves.

And sometimes we even change our minds.

But change happens — whether we intend it or not. It’s the way of life, of evolution, of the universe. It is in constant flux, in spite of our deeper longing for control and connection.

There is purpose in the midst of this change, I think. There is a constancy and invitation that holds life together and moves it forward — God’s presence in the world, Emmanuel. Like the ebb and flow of the sea, we live and move and have our being in the constant movement of the wild and creative presence of the Divine. “Like a mustard seed,” it says in the Bible, God’s kingdom changes everything. And the ongoing invitation is to see it, Epiphany, and to participate in its transformative, creative movement — to make things new. Mary Oliver writes, “Instructions for life: pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it.”


This Sunday,

Rev. Linda McDermott and I will co-lead our celebration

as she speaks about “The Wild and Dangerous Kingdom”

and I share a story and some very important news with you regarding eleven:eleven celebration. 

With music from Dave Matthews, Frou Frou, and more with Brad Thompson and the Revolution Band.


I hope you will join us this Sunday for some very important news and an exciting celebration of music and life!



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