Join us for Sunday Service on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Optimism for Cynics: A Beginner’s Guide
In last Sunday’s reading, Rev. Sarah invited us to “Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.” This week, we’ll go a bit further. We live in a world that invites our cynicism but needs our optimism. Join Rev. Sarah (eternal optimist) this Sunday as we chart a path toward hope together. (We will also be recognizing our newest members during this service, another reason to be joyful!)
ATTENDING WORSHIP ONLINE
Worship will take place using the Zoom video-conferencing platform.
Use our custom URL to attend service: https://zoom.us/my/northwoodsuu or join by Meeting ID: 766 833 5778.
Soulful Home with Religious Education Coordinator, Gay Lynn Pierce
Reverend Sarah introduced you a few weeks ago to the theme of Commitment. This will be our Soulful Home focus this Sunday, April 11 at 11:45 a.m. I found a few definitions of commitment that I pondered over the last few weeks. Vocabulary.com states that commitment is,” the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action.” Merriam-Webster defines it as,” an agreement or pledge to do something in the future.” And the Oxford Language definition is,” the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.” While most of these sites list commitment as a noun, I see it much more as a verb. Commitment is something that I do. It requires something of me whether this be a change in thoughts or an action supporting a cause. What I know for sure is that commitment is not passive.
Teresa Honey Youngblood writes,” When we make our commitments or promises, there’s no guarantee that we can follow through. But we really, really hope we can, and we work at it. Sometimes, we aren’t even sure we’re making the right commitments or promises. Since we are dedicating a lot of time, energy, and heart space to them, though, we hope they’re the right ones; our covenanted communities (like Northwoods!) can help us discern. Our commitments are likely going to take some sacrifice and striving; we don’t usually call them “commitments” when they’re easy, or things that we do without putting a lot of thought into it. But we hope they will also offer us insight, a sense of satisfaction, camaraderie, and even some joy and fun.”
This Sunday following church we will explore commitment as it relates to ourselves, our church community, and the world around us. Come join me at 11:45 in the virtual sanctuary as we,” set a course with intention…and journey through deep and unknown waters together.”
Stay After Service for Conversation and Community
These groups will meet in the “digital sanctuary,” using the same Zoom link we use for worship:
(Meeting ID: 766 833 5778).