May 29th Newsletter
Grace and peace be with you on this last week of May. This will be my last chance to write a note in the newsletter until August as I’ll be on sabbatical after this Sunday’s worship. DaySpring’s gift of sabbatical every five years is a gift of love for its pastor. I receive it as a gift and thank you wholeheartedly for this time away. Wendell Berry wrote a poem A Prayer After Eating that comes to mind for me now:
I have taken in the light
that quickened eye and leaf.
May my brain be bright with praise
of what I eat, in the brief blaze
of motion and of thought.
May I be worthy of my meat.
My prayer is that I be worthy of the feast of this sabbatical, receiving the time to slow down and pray, read and write, immerse in nature, be a present and attentive dad, husband, and son, and returned renewed for our shared life as a church as your pastor. Over the next couple of months I’ll have three adventures:
a Great American road trip to Acadia National Park in Maine,
the 2019 DaySpring pilgrimage to Italy,
and a hiking/ camping trip with my dad to Olympic National Park in Washington.
From coast to coast, Alpha to Omega (Acadia to Olympic...get it??) and abroad, Psalm 113 is a prayer for us . . .“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens.” While I’m away, our ministerial staff, church council, and all who contribute to the ongoing life and ministry of DaySpring will do great. We have preachers from DaySpring for each Sunday, a meaningful study of the Parables of Jesus for Sunday mornings, Centering Prayer on Wednesdays, and a whole host of children’s and youth activities as well. This will be a good summer. I’ll miss you and will be glad to be back in the pulpit on Sunday, August 11.
If you’re interested in what I’m reading this summer, here are a few books I’m packing up along with a few other fun novels, beach reads, and an empty journal. If you have other suggestions or want to join me in a reading, please let me know:
Thomas Merton, When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature, and Thoughts in Solitude
Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac
Fred Bahnson and Norman Wirzba, Making Peace with the Land
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and The Edge of the Sea
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Carlo Carretto, I, Francis
JP Moreland, Finding Quiet
David Lodge, Souls and Bodies
Willie Jennings, The Christian Imagination
David Christian, Origin Story: A Big History of Everything
Micheal Pollen, Omnivore’s Dilemma
It’s also a pleasure to read large sections of scripture in a single sitting. I’m looking forward to that as well.
I look forward to sharing worship and communion with you on this Sunday, and ask for your prayers for my family and me for this summer. You are in my heart and remain in my prayers,
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