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Dates to Remember:
July 23 Rummage Sale Work Day – 9 a.m.
July 30 Rummage Sale Work Day – 9 a.m.
August 3 Rummage Sale 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
August 4 Rummage Sale 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
August 5 Communion Service
August 10 Grizzlies Game – 7 p.m.
August 21 Fellowship of Hope – 10:30 a.m.
August 26 Book Club after worship
August 28 Consistory, 6 p.m.
What follows are two prayers, one about singing, the other about praying. They are from a book called A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary (Brian Doyle. Sorin Book: Notre Dame. 2014. pp. 109-110; 163-164). The prayers in this book are written in vernacular, colloquial language, almost as streams-of-thought. Think about the two prayers chosen for this newsletter; do either of them touch your spirit?
May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.
#1) “Prayer for the Teenage Girl Singing with All Her Might as She Stands Alone at the Bus Stop”
Bring it and sing it, kid. Rip it and roar it. Life’s short and you should sing with all your might when you get the chance especially if no sneery kids who think they are too cool to sing are glaring at you or making scurrilous remarks. Bellow and blare it. People who think they are too cool to sing are not cool at all. People who sing are cool. People who don’t sing because they think their voice stinks are fools to worry about what other people think. Who cares what other people think about your voice? Even low mutter growls and cracked atonal off-key bleats are lovely. Singing is lovely. Singing is praying with your mouth. Singing is what we do to say thanks for the breath that spins into song. Singing is how the universe came into being. In the beginning was the Singing. You can hear it still, everywhere, if you listen. I heard it this morning at the bus stop. I have been singing the rest of the day. I sing like a rock rolling downhill, I sound like a whale with the flu, but I am singing because you sang with all your might, kid. Thank you for reminding me to rip it and roar it. And so: amen.
#2) “Grinning Prayer at the Gentle Arrogance & Foolishness of Saying That There Are Only Five Forms of Catholic Prayer”
With total respect for Adoration, Expiation, Love, Petition, and Thanksgiving, and with real affection for the earnest and genuine and diligent souls who arrived at this interesting organizational principle, the very idea of there being only five forms of prayer makes me laugh so hard I think I sprained an eyeball. There are as many forms of prayer as there are hearts desperate to speak of longing and mercy and celebration and pleading. There are as many forms of prayer as all the words ever spoken by all the people who ever lived. There are as many forms of prayer as there have ever been beings of all species on the earth. Everything alive is a prayer. Your next breath is a prayer. Even your death will be a prayer, your last in the language of this body. There are no forms. Forms are only ways for us to try to grapple with That whom we cannot understand. Forms are very small things. We pray by being. This writing is a prayer. These fingers are praying. Laughing as we admit cheerfully we are silly and small and You are vast beyond measure and composed of love, that is a prayer. We will try to pray it all day today. And so: amen.
Fellowship of Hope Notes, July Meeting:
Seven of us had a wonderful fellowship time at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville IL. After a delicious lunch and some leisurely shopping, we discussed the upcoming Rummage Sale and decided that the first Work Day would be Monday, July 23rd at 9am. We would appreciate any kind of help as we organize for this much delayed and anticipated event! We hope you will join us next month Tuesday, August 21 at 10:30 am at church.
Consistory Notes, July Meeting:
The lift is now fully operational and ready for use! A few members were available for a quick training course on safety and use of the lift. The next phase of construction will be the ramp. A Meditation Garden Committee has been established: Pastor Audrey Alexander, Alita Cross, Carol Walters, Nancy Barr, and Helen Kramer. We look forward to seeing the fruition of their plans. Additional discussion was spent on other building improvements. Joan presented a list from Dave Mueller of maintenance projects that need to be addressed in the near future. Consistory will consider in order of priorities and discuss next month. Consistory also approved designating two handicapped parking spots on 3rd Street. Werner will check with City Hall regarding any signage restrictions or requirements. The Spring rummage sale is now a summer rummage sale – dates are now set for August 3rd and 4th. Work days are set for the two Mondays before the sale.
On August 26th we will discuss “Alfie and George” by Rachel Wells after worship, please join us!
DeSoto Food Pantry, July Notes:
Thank everyone for their continued support. We did receive a grant thru Jefferson Memorial fund for a big walk in cooler. This will be nice because we can keep perishable items longer until distribution. Hopefully this will be ready in the next few months. If you’d like to volunteer to help the pantry staff pack up food boxes for an hour or two each month, please see the Muellers for more information.
A Note of Appreciation:
“I wish to thank everyone for their prayers, visits, cards, and phone calls during my recent illness and hospitalization. All were greatly appreciated!”
Hope Church has a Prayer Circle of five people who will lift prayers for a particular person or a troubling situation. We shall pray for the highest good. We do not need specific details, just a name or a general situation. At this point there are no restrictions of requests. To receive prayers for yourself or for a person/situation important to you, please call Pastor Audrey and she will activate the prayer circle for you.
***Please do not rely on the grapevine if you need pastoral care.***
If you are admitted to the hospital, or if you need pastoral care for any reason, please contact Pastor Audrey directly or designate a person to contact her directly. Please do not rely on the grapevine to get information to her. She cannot act on grapevine information, and sometimes the information doesn’t reach her at all.
Some Reminders & Invitations…
- Have a favorite CD you would like played as our pre-service music? Please contact Pastor to set a date for your music to be played. Pre-service CD music is played from 10-10:30
- No Children’s Sunday School in May, June, July, and August
- Adult Sunday School will continue during the summer months
- The Citizens’ Committee for Flood Relief meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at DeSoto Public Library on Main St.
Don’t forget to give God thanks for your many blessings, to ask for forgiveness for your shortcomings, to implore God to bring peace to the world, to ask for equality and justice for all people in all things, to remember those less fortunate, to ask for guidance in doing God’s will!