Mary Oliver once wrote “my work is loving the world… which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished”. These past few days this has felt like my work as well. I’ve been astonished by just how beautiful flowers are, from the fabulous frills and rich colours of the peony, to the tiny white delights of baby’s breath. This earth, this land, this season, is a source of glorious beauty. So much lush green foliage, so many flowers giving their all for this moment; we are all people of good fortune if we only stand still and pay attention.
This Sunday at 10:30am we celebrate our annual flower ceremony. Bring a flower to place in our communal bouquet and wear your most flowery or colourful outfits. If you don’t have easy access to flowers, there will be extra so that you can add to the vases. Everyone will take a flower home.
For a special treat, as we celebrate the formal end of the congregational season, we will make ice cream sundaes! Enjoy a treat of vanilla ice cream with a variety of toppings.
This is my last service with you before the summer break. I will be in the office for two more weeks for meetings and visits. Summer services will focus on our seven principles – sure to be interesting reflections! I’ll be back on Sunday August 19th, along with Music Director Abigail Freeman with the final in the series, looking at our fifth principle of conscience and democracy.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.