October 20, 2020
I have been a part of Soul Choir since its beginnings when it was just a twinkle in Jon Palmason’s eyes and when our director, Sari Breznau was known mostly for her music inspired by and with the women of the Church of Mary Magdalene. Soul Choir is more about communicating music than the actual making of it. The making of that music is more a spiritual practice of showing up in the song and sharing the message of the song through our whole beings to you who are listening. Strangely enough, this still holds true during this time of being apart: we are ever more hungry for a way to show up in each other's lives that is meaningful. Soul Choir sung to you this past Sunday: "The People Have the Power". Did you feel it Plymouth? On the eve of this election, I hope we believe it!
Worship at Plymouth (yes, even Zoom Worship!), makes me peel away my indifference and opens me to myself: to the possibility of who I might dare to become as a part of this Beloved Community. I love how worship at Plymouth embraces such a diversity of musical expression and diversity of people who are speaking truth and accountability that celebrates change. I love that Pastor Kelle's spoken word and soul-full song reaches out to us, creating the kind of worship that “lights fires against the midnight of indifference and throws bridges of care across canyons of despair and loneliness.”
Bruce and I have been on a journey of faith with you all for almost 40 years! That faith has sustained us through some often risky and necessarily inventive ways of making Home. Church is a little like that: we show up; we don’t know what we may be called to do or even what our family will look like. We don’t know what our future church will look like, but it’s Home: a place that we can travel from and return to with hope and with God’s Grace.
So listen church family as I sing this to you: “We are going, heaven knows where we are going, but we know within. And we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there, but we know we will.” --Jamie Shilling
Plymouth Church UCC Worship is experienced on a Zoom Webinar platform, on our Plymouth YouTube Channel and Facebook pages each Sunday. Please join us for Worship, then for Coffee Hour ONLINE following on the separate Zoom meeting link.
We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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