Memo from MAM – March 27

Why Does this Church Exist?
Why does this church exist?  Responses to this question were shared in a recent worship service in the form of a six-word memoir. Here are a few random replies that we collected: 

A place for seekers of truth  
Nurture community of love and acceptance  
Nurture OUR community, Transform our WORLD 
Here I can be beyond myself  
Provide community, compassion for seekers of justice. 
A home for those with hope

More to come in next MAM MEMO.


Speaking of Hope
I am reminded of these two quotes from Maya Angelou or as I like to name her Saint Maya Angelou:

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

 When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
        
May you find in this congregation the ongoing road to hope.


Speaking of Roads
The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. JRR Tolkien
Thank you to our readers for our Tolkien Readathon on Sunday after the worship services.   Five brave souls got through the Prologue of the first book of The Lord of the Rings and made it through part of chapter one.  All completed, in 1 hour and 15 minutes.  

Of note, one Tolkien follower shared a poignant quote with me from The Fellowship of the Ring which I had forgotten. It occurs during the Council of Elrond when Frodo, the small, unremarkable Hobbit, decides that he will be the Ring-bearer and journey to Mordor so he can destroy the ring and defeat the evils of Sauron.  For those not familiar with The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo has just taken on a legendary task to deal with the evil of his time. It symbolizes that even the small, unlikely heroes, can bring hope to the world.  

Frodo said, “I will take the Ring…though I do not know the way.” In these times, many of us do not know the way.  But we, as speakers of truth and nurturers of community, are here to transform our world, despite the uncertainty before us.  And, like Frodo, we have companions along the way.

For a deeper exploration of this critical turning point by Del Ramey, click here.

Blessed Spring
So many holy days and holidays arrived at the bidding of spring.  Whatever theological road you travel, may it be blessed.  May it blessed.
 
Peace, MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
 
PS Word on the street is that Jesus rode into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) on a donkey colt (a young donkey) and translations (Greek and Hebrew prophecy) led to confusing interpretations of his mode of travel.

Let’s Visit
I enjoy folks scheduling one-on-one visits with me and am learning a lot about this congregation and the folks who make it happen.

I do zoom appointments on Wednesdays.
My Schedule:
My Day Off is: Tuesday
My Day On-Line: Wednesday
My Study Day is: Thursday

Schedule in person appointments: Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon after 11am
(except Sunday; I am typically busy at 11am)