Hymn-Based Reflection

Practicing Hope

We Got Next

We Got Next Rev. Ron Phares MVUU 8.26.18

Welcome! It is the intention of this hour of your week to be a practice. One of the consistent hopes of this practice is to reduce reactivity in your life so as to buy you a moment in which to make a reflective decision. That decision will be informed by the story of who you are and how you act that is aided and augmented by our reflections here today.

So the first step in being non-reactive, is to slow down. To take a breath. And that is what you can do right now. Just by carving out time from your week to be here, to devote to something other than your to do list, you have extricated yourself from the rhythm of reactivity. Embrace that move. Capitalize on it. As we begin our practice, our first turn is to slow down. To take a breath. To practice by preparing to practice….

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Listen for a Vision

Reflection: Listen for a Vision Rev. Ron Phares MVUU 9.9.18

Welcome: We’re doing something a little bit different today. Usually I come up with a title and blurb based on the monthly and rotational themes and a congregational diagnosis. This week, instead, I asked Kimberly to supply me with hymns based not on my reflection title and blurb, but on her take on the monthly and rotating themes alone. For those who do not know, our liturgical calendar, so to speak, is based on the intersection between monthly themes – a unique theme to every month – and our rotating themes of spirit, justice, and community. So September is Spirit and Vision.

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