This reading first appeared in The Inquirer, Issue 8054, March 2023
I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these
things. (Isaiah 45: 6-7)
I am all-powerful Time which destroys all things. (Bhagavad Gita 11: 32)
As the Deer is Drawn to Water After Psalm 42
Tune: Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night)
As the deer is drawn to water, My soul to God. Yet in all the pain and slaughter Where is my God? When, the holy days observing, We meet darkness undeserving, Still we struggle on, preserving
Grace me with serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
May I live one day at a time,
Being present, one moment at a time,
Taking the world as it is, not as I would have it,
I invite you to close your eyes, and think of a time that you tried something new. Maybe the first time you rode a bike, or your first kiss, or the first time you tried a type of food that you were convinced you didn’t like. Maybe it was the first time you tried a
We join together now to worship as a beloved community.
Each individual brings to our gathering faith and ideas, but each of us also yearns to share fellowship one with the other.
May we look beyond any differences to the common bonds that unite us: Faith, hope, and love.
And may those divine qualities shine through our worship today.