It was EPIC on Wednesday. I had no part in the planning this time and it made it a lot more meditative for me. We sang awesome songs and talked about elements.
Later that evening we held a social political science club night at Green Mill. Combining politics and beer always makes for exciting conversation.
Even later I dropped by Brigid's for more social with friends.
All this being out has exacerbated the sore throat I was having into full body aches and unstoppable couging. So sickness has put a kabosh on my cities plans. That and the fact that my car won't quit shuddering while I drive it. Time for Dad to look at it and maybe figure out what's wrong.
Taking two tests with a sinus headache is not my idea of a good Friday. It may even keep me in this evening. (gasp!) I'm thinking renting Saved or some other equally silly movie and doing my nails sounds like the best plan.
However nice, helpful, prompt and tidy she is, Harriet Miers isn't qualified to play a Supreme Court justice on "The West Wing," let alone to be a real one. Both Republicans and Democrats should be alarmed that Bush seems to believe his power to appoint judges is absolute. This is what "advice and consent" means.And just to show how mean and NOT compassionate and without Christ-like traits conservatives are:
...some jobs are so dirty, you can only send in someone who has the finely honed hatred of liberals acquired at elite universities to do them. The devil is an abstraction for normal, decent Americans living in the red states. By contrast, at the top universities, you come face to face with the devil every day, and you learn all his little tropes and tricks.
Nomie inspired me...
I can relate to country. It feels real. Not pretencious. Also, how I feel about Democrats. At least local ones. A bunch of hard working, middle class folks trying to do good for the greater community.
Like the river that runs to the seaRebecca St. James - Universe
The oceans speak of Your love for me
It's wider than I can imagine
Higher than the sky is Your love for me
Like the river that runs to the sea
The sky it speaks of Your love for me
It's wider than I can imagine
And don't have to ever be afraid
Nothing in the universe could take this love away
Then we gathered and sang my favorite alt.worship song "Tuning of the World". Then discussed what God was saying to us about poverty.
Candles, technology, emotions, song. Yea, that is my kinda worship.
A Franciscan Benediction
May God bless you with discomfort
at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
I helped to plan this meeting and last night as I was typing up instructions for the modules, the "Fabulous Life Of..." was on VH1. This is a show that I love to hate because it so frustrates me that our culture worships wealth so.
I am never going to achieve what is shown on that show - but I feel like I'm being told that I better darn well try. Or go into debt trying. Or that I deserve to lavish those luxuries on myself.
It's the American Way/Dream right? Well, guess what? I'm happy paying my taxes, I'd much rather own a small home (with less to clean and heat), and it is okay to be happy with what I have - not wanting something more. I figured out a long time ago that I was probably not going to ever get rich. And that is okay.
walking through the union is like driving on the interstate.truth
you have to keep up with traffic and cut people off. there are people with trailers (briefcases/backpacks on wheels). if you miss your exit, you're screwed.
5:15 pm - cheap (couple bucks) dinner prepared by our master chef
6:00 to 7:00 pm - worship experience, we're focusing on global/national/local poverty
Everyone is welcome!
Bemidji United Methodist Church
9th St. and Beltrami Ave.
10Give freely and spontaneously. Don't have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers GOD, your God's, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. 11There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors.
Listen, O ye wayward winebibber, for you will be pursued into the mountains by sex-mad baboons!via jonnybaker
Cripes, wind drag forces are exponentially related to your speed, this means if you slow down it helps a lot. Especially if you drive a gas guzzling rectangle on wheels.Maple Sugar Child
It was also Stewardship Sunday (blech asking for money in the sermon), but we were "celebrating our aliveness". The best part of the sermon was when everyone spontaneously joined in saying: "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Amen!" Group participation yeah!
We dedicated a new banner and confessed our sins, we were told "Just as I have loved you, you must love one another."
Also mentioned, we're medium sized. Our membership is staying stable, some members leaving or dying, some new members joining and "We may not be the biggest church in town, but we have the biggest church supper in town!"
The only part that I am unhappy with is Cass Lake. We have a sister church there and it is such an opotunity for us to reach out to that community. But, all we are worried about is how we will pay for the gap that they will leave financially if they close. Rarr.
After church, we did what we do best: everyone went downstairs and had lunch served by the youth group - they had to put up extra tables - a big turnout!
It's cheesy but, we really are a big family. I feel loved and comfortable enough that I can wear clothes that could belong at the bar and still stand up and hand out communion. (If that is who I am on Saturday night it should be who I am on Sunday morning).
We love our beavers
Save your legs, shave your beaver
Jump in the lake, we like our beavers wet
Lets go to the bar
Saturday was packed with College Dems cleaning the hiway at 9, football at 1:30 and hockey at 7:30. By the time the fans got to the hockey game most of them had been drinking since before football - which made for an extremely rowdy crowd. Too bad they lost, it was an action packed game.
I love homecoming!