We were thrilled and honored to host the Chicago Children’s Choir.
Huge kudos to our choir director, Jason Sabino, for arranging for them to sing at Southminster!
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Paul, Galatians 5:22-3
And [God] it is Who sends down water from the sky. Thereby We bring forth the shoot of every plant, and from it We bring forth vegetation, from which We bring forth grain in closely packed rows; and from the date palm and from its sheaths, We bring forth clusters of dates hanging low, and gardens of grapes, olives, and pomegranates, like unto one another and yet not alike. Look upon their fruits, as they grow and ripen! Truly in that are signs for a people who believe.
The Plum Trees Mary Oliver
Such richness flowing
through the branches of summer and into
the body, carried inward on the five
rivers! Disorder and astonishment
rattle your thoughts and your heart
cries for rest but don’t
succumb, there’s nothing
so sensible as sensual inundation. Joy
is a taste before
it’s anything else, and the body
can lounge for hours devouring
the important moments. Listen,
the only way
to tempt happiness into your mind is by taking it
into the body first, like small
READING John 15:1-8 Scholars’ Version
I am the real vine and [God] is the farmer. [God] prunes every branch of mine that does not bear fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit [God] dresses so it will bear even more fruit. You have already been ‘dressed’ by the word I’ve spoken to you. You must stay attached to me, and I to you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit by itself—if it is detached from the vine—so you can’t bear fruit unless you stay attached to me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who stay attached to me—and I to them—produce a lot of fruit; without me you can’t do anything. Those who don’t remain attached to me are thrown away like dead branches: they’re collected, tossed into the fire, and burned. If you stay attached to me and my words live in you, ask whatever you want and it will happen to you. [God] is glorified by the great quantity of fruit you produce in being my disciples.
The Orange Wendy Cope
At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.
The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.
Prayer of Jesus John Philip Newell
Ground of all being,
Mother of Life,
Father of the universe,
Your name is sacred, beyond speaking.
May we know your presence,
may your longings be our longings
in heart and in action.
May there be food for the human family today
and for the whole earth community.
Forgive us the falseness of what we have done
as we forgive those who are untrue to us.
Do not forsake us in our time of conflict
but lead us into new beginnings.
For the light of life,
the vitality of life,
and the glory of life
are yours now and for ever.