The metaphor/image for the month of April is “Blooming Flowers.” This is the beginning of our spring season when we consider questions of purpose.
IN THE SANCTUARY
April 1: A Rite of Spring
No fooling -- On this morning when our Christian brothers and sisters celebrate Easter, we will have our annual “Rite of Spring” service of words, sounds, and images, to help us consider all of the “spring-inspired” truths our human kin have found and that we, and our world, so desperately need to hear. [The TJMC Choir will be singing.]
April 8: Divine and Nature
Is all of nature sacred? Is there a God that is expressed in nature? Are we to find inspiration and comfort in nature? How do we make sense of natural events that cause human suffering? These questions and more will be explored by Rev. Alex McGee, with Wendy Repass as worship weaver.
April 15: How Do You Want to Bloom Here?
What does it mean to call ourselves a “member” of this congregation? What can we expect from one another (and what can the community expect from you)? How can your engaged participation nurture your best self and help you to truly bloom? Rev. Wik and Jeanine Braithwaite will facilitate this exploration of these questions. [The TJMC Choir will be singing, and the Social Action Collection will be in support of BRAAF – Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund.]
April 22: Flower Communion
Created in 1923 by the Rev. Norbert Capek for the congregation he served in Czechoslovakia, the “flower communion” was brought to the United States by Capek’s wife, Maja. It has since become a regular celebration in many Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country. Please bring a flower with you – one picked from your garden or along your path is great! We will then take these separate flowers and create one boquet, as we create together one community. At the end of the service we will each be invited to take a flower home with us, just as we each carry a part of this community with us wherever we go. Rev. Wik and Lorie Craddock will weave this worship. [The Children’s Choir will be singing.]
April 29: Where Did We Come From, And Where Might We Be Going?
Postponed from a month ago, this morning we will celebrate the founding of our congregation 75 years ago with a four-line classified ad in The Daily Progress. Over those years this faith community has been tested, and triumphed many times over. There is so much to celebrate in the story of how we got to be who we are, and within this story are pointers toward where we might go in the future. Rev. Wik and Wendy Repass will facilitate this time of remembrance and hope. [The TJMC Choir will be singing.]
COMPLEMENTARY WORSHIP EXPERIENCES
There is also be Children's Chapel in the church parlor each Sunday at the same time as there is Worship in the sanctuary. The two are very different in form and "feel," yet both are moving and can be powerful. If you've never been to one or the other, you should try it out one week and see what you've been missing.
The UU Christian Fellowship meets holds its services on the 2nd Sunday (at 10:00am) and the 4th Thursday (at 7:00pm) each month. (The UUCF is a welcoming place to explore Christianity and the life and teachings of Jesus in a liberal, open-minded, and non-dogmatic context.)
The Clear Spring Buddhist Sangha meets for zazen meditation and conversation each Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. (All are welcome, regardless of prior experience.)
Each Wednesday at 11:30 there is contemplative worship for a time of renewal mid-week. Participants can walk the labyrinth, stack stones under the oak tree outside the social hall, linger in the Memorial Garden, or sit in the sanctuary for a time of reflection, meditation, lighting Candles of Hope and Remembrance, writing in the Sands of Forgiveness and Atonement, journaling, or simply being silent and at peace.