Sunday’s Spirit Day

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I found a few different things which may bring you some news,

pique your interest or you may simply wish to skip my message

today. I went to church almost my whole life, excluding the past

few years, more inconsistent than before. The faith I have is

deep and abiding, keeps me warm and close in Spirit to Whom

I believe in. If you would like to share how you feel on this day,

please use the comments section and know we are welcoming

and caring about what you have to say.

~ Facts about Elizabeth from the Bible ~

Did you know that Elizabeth is the name of John the Baptist’s

mother? It is my middle name and this always made it special to

me in my mind. Elizabeth was older, so when an angel came to

announce she was to have a special son, one who would be a

friend to the Son of God, this must have shocked her. Her son

was named, John the Baptist.

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~ St. Anne celebrated on July 26th ~

Patron Saint of

All who honor

Grandmothers

Did you know that Anne (or Ann) was the grandmother of Jesus?

I did not know this tidbit and wished to share a short quotation from

a church bulletin about St. Anne:

“Though never mentioned in the Bible, St. Anne (or Ann) is traditionally

known as mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. Her name comes

from the Hebrew word, “Hannah.” Hannah means “Grace.” Legend

holds that she believed herself barren until finally, after 20 years of

marriage, she gave birth to the baby known as Jesus’ mother. As the

story goes, Anne later had two more daughters, Mary Cleopas and Mary

Salome, each of whom gave birth to boys who came to be followers of

their cousin, Jesus: James the Younger and James the Elder, Simon,

Jude and John the Evangelist.

Statues and pictures of Anne often show her teaching Mary to read.

Others show her with both her oldest daughter and her grandson,

Jesus. Commemorated on July 26, Anne is considered the patron

saint of grandmothers. In some parts of the world, Roman Catholics

consider her their grandmother, too.”

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~ Explaining Freedom and God’s part in some people’s beliefs ~

“Our status of dominion (over creation)

derives from God’s delegate authority.

We do not exist as autonomous

persons at liberty to do as we please.

Our privilege of dominion

does not mean

freedom from God;

it means

freedom under God.

Our commission to be sub-rulers

under God carries with it enormous

responsibilities. . .

He intends for us to rise above

the rest of the created order

and to participate rationally

and responsibly in His divine purposes.”

~Taken from the book,

“Christ Can Make You Fully Human,”

by Kenneth Cain Kinghorn ~

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~ My church’s heritage ~

Many churches take on having ‘Sister Churches’ and my First Presbyterian

Church of Delaware, Ohio has had a long time connection to the Korean

church. We had a minister, Dr. Horace Allen, who traveled there to Korea,

who wrote back in a letter home:

“It is pleasant to think my name is carved all over Korea in an indelible

manner.” (June 4, 1905).

We celebrate every spring with dogwood branches in the church, on

the front altar and along the aisles. I was part of a group of women who

wished to make a banner to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2005.

I designed a branch made of brown silk, five satin dogwood flowers,

along with the words they chose to mention our being united in Spirit

with Korea. The banner was about five feet tall and had white fringe. It

was made of a heavy, deep purple velveteen fabric. I liked helping with

the ladies who would meet at “Circle” groups, ten years ago. I enjoyed

joining them at their quilting meetings, too. We would take turns making

cookies, brownies, cake or pies, bringing them to share at other’s homes.

~ Do you have a special group which meets and talks about church,

faith, interests in the community or other “spirited” subjects?

(Okay, I realize this may open up the subject of taverns, ales and liquor.)

In the newsletter (“The Spire”) the church was showing in photographs

taken in June, 2015, our parishioner children with pinwheels, long ribbons

on paint stirrers, waving for the Korean 110th anniversary celebrating of

our everlasting bond with Korea.

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~ Have you thought of the Earth today? ~

~ Do you have plans to preserve it and wish to let us know? ~

I feel that faith is limitless and knows no boundaries.

It goes beyond the

walls of our homes,

our churches or

our neighborhoods.

I was happy to hear our church

has chosen to eliminate

plastic water bottles.

I read recently Mark B. was talking about not needing to drink from bottled

water. He simply orders iced water from restaurants, expecting “tap water”

over ice. I like to order from the bar, tonic water with a slice of lime. This is

my newest light summer drink which usually doesn’t cost a cent but tastes

good, feels fizzy and it is still ecological.

~ 1st Presbyterian is going into action with an “Earth Care” goal ~

“No more plastic water bottles in our church and our homes.”

This is why you may consider taking up the challenge:

“40 billion plastic bottles are produced each year in the United States.

Two-thirds of them end in landfills. (I am glad you are recycling plastic

bottles, all those in the 1/3 who are!)

Plastic is believed to take 500 years to decompose. Plastic bottles are

made from oil- – a fossil fuel that will one day run out. Plastic recycling

saves energy, resources and helps protect our environment.

Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a

60 watt lightbulb for six hours.”

Here is an already useful use of “R’s” to remember why we must try to

end the cycle, not even needing to recycle:

~~** REDUCE **~~ REUSE **~~ RECYCLE **~~ RECOVER **~~

If we all start utilizing a reusable thermos, insulated plastic or glass

containers or cups think of how much money we would save, along

with not having the products sometimes end up in landfills. I have a

plastic pitcher in my refrigerator of water from the tap. The grandkids

pour water in their own cups using my three step-step stool. I like them

to hold the pitcher while their cup is in the sink. You can develop your

own system. . . Share if you already have a great way to help children

to incorporate drinking tap water or if you have any other recycling ideas.

If you have a pitcher like I do with a twisting lid, you can teach them to

easily turn it to open up and pour. I like the way they feel so independent

doing this easy task. Even 4 year old Kyah likes doing this.

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The Moon and the Stars

July 20th.

“Communing with God”

“After Apollo 11 landed on the moon, July 20, 1969, pilot Buzz Aldrin

requested via radio that people pause to give thanks for the achievement

in their own way.

When his broadcast ended, Aldrin read a verse from the Gospel of John

and took communion, which his church had sent to Space with him.

He said this in an emotional response,

‘It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the

moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.’

The astronaut, Buzz Aldrin continued, ‘At the time, I could think of no better

way to acknowledge the enormity of the Apollo 11 experience than by giving

thanks to God.'”

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A Higher Being

Gratitude

Earth

Water

Moon

Communion

Thankfulness

Hope you have a heavenly day!

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48 responses »

    • I am glad you found something in this collection to warm your Grandmotherly heart. Bless you, Claire. I may have already let you know, I have a son who married a single mom who had 2 kids, has 2 together and my daughter has 2 boys. Crazy, busy and happy family 🙂

      • I appreciate this compliment about my looks. As my 6 year old grandson said recently to a man who thought I was around 45: “That’s because (I) she dyes her hair!” Thus made all of us crack up laughing! 🙂

    • I am surprised I never told you I love your name, Elizabeth! In Spanish class, I always chose Isabel instead of Roberta. 🙂 Isn’t it cool to know Queen Isabella was a variation of Queen Elizabeth? Queen Isabella means a lot to the U.S. for sending Christopher Columbus out across the ocean and his discovering America 🙂

  1. There is so much here, I don’t know where to begin. My mother’s middle name is Elizabeth and my confirmation name is Anne, so we are covered. 🙂

    I was raised Roman Catholic and that remains my denomination to this day, although I enjoy listening to certain Evangelists, like Dr. Charles Stanley whom I have listened to for years and years.

    As for “Dominion”, I choose to read that Greek work differently as “Domicile”. In other words, we are to be stewards of the earth and all its living forms, giving them shelter and care, safety and love, not dominating them. There is a huge difference in those two interpretations.

    Plastic is a difficult one to be rid of. We filter water from the tap and other than tea and coffee, that is all we drink. We are not supposed to ask for water in restaurants any longer.

    I will have to respond further in other comments because I think I have covered the main points that occurred to me as I read your appropriate Sunday post!

    😀

    • I am so happy we have these subjects mostly interwoven into the fabric of our being, Beth.
      I may have mentioned my dad loved the “pomp and circumstance” being part of an Episcopal church. We wore white gloves and hats, (mom and I) and all genuflected and bowed before entering pews in church. I was one of first girl acolytes and our group to go to the main parish in downtown Cleveland. My dad loved the Boars Head Festival held there, too. I married my first hubby (college sweetheart) instead of a Catholic or a Baptist. He was the closest of all of them to my ideals. My parents made me laugh by saying, “This is the 70’s you don’t have to get married!” 🙂
      As far as filtered water, you can use reusable bottles, right? As far as restaurants, I order ice water with lemon or lime, as mentioned.
      If I had written the dominion quote, I would have edited it or come up with different way of expressing this. Your point is an excellent one, Beth. The tone changes with “domicile.” 🙂 Thanks for your thoughtful analysis! xo Have a serene Sunday!

    • Did you see your name mentioned as, “Mark B.” in midst of drinking water topic? Granted I did not put link to your water post but would welcome it in the comments. 🙂 🙂

      • OK, Robin, now I have to say thanks for mentioning my tap water preference in your blog up above. I must add that your healthy summer order of tonic water with a slice of lime? Sparkly and fun and free for you, maybe, pretty woman. If I ordered that at the bar, they’d charge me two bucks or whatever the going rate for soda is!

      • Well, I just didn’t have time to find your water reference post and thought you, the author, would remember what it’s title was. Not searching for any thanks, Mark. But thank You since part of this post on water was started on your blog 🙂 Nice to know my tonic or soda water is being charged in some places. Better start putting a couple bucks in my purse. One never knows when the “fickle finger of fate” will give out on my free drinks of “fancy” water, Mark! Lol

    • Dan, so far no one is “killing the messenger!” I am just posting things which remind me, and may help others, to think and make a decision.
      My friend, Bill, has well water and buys Spring water in bigger containers and then divides it up. He converted to tap water in his coffee maker. (Another subject to think about are all those K-cups. . .) I also know families who purchase and have delivered purified water in jugs like you see in offices. I am sure there is a name for those water coolers 🙂

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  3. I’m not a very religious person, but religion does make for some interesting cultural stories, the Bible being just a start. I always like to recycle my plastics Robin. Seems the least we can do.

    • I am thankful we have a great and concerned (also ecologically educated) group here, Marissa. It is a great way to be part of the solution.
      Thank you for contributing to the spiritual subject by saying there are many cultural stories other than the Bible for resources, Marissa.
      As far as religion, I had an agnostic and socialistic grandpa who came as a teen from Sweden and still have a brother who hopes when we count our blessings at Thanksgiving we don’t include a prayer. 🙂
      I have posted about many religions and prefer “higher being” or “mother nature” since they are general and non-specific. There are so many directions faith or those who don’t wish to have faith in their lives can go. I am fascinated by reincarnation and how most people who had a near death experience have “seen or felt the Light” my scientific Dad has been quoted many times by me as saying, “How BIG is your God?”
      My Grandpa would wink at my Dad behind the wheel of his station wagon and say, “Drive like a Christian, Bob.” Have a wonderful day and week!

      • Drive like a Christian! I like that! Yes, it’s great to acknowledge all types of faith because who really knows what the truth of it all is, but it’s important to believe in something!! Maybe it’s just Mother Nature after all (which ties it back to the beginning).

  4. I learned most of what I know about Christianity from attending a Lutheran church as a child, because the pastor was a neighbor with whom we felt much affection. I have also attended Presbyterian, Unitarian and Congregationalist churches, the latter as an adult.

    What I learned out of all that indoctrination was: 1) I am much more spiritual than I am religious, and 2) I feel much closer to God in natural surroundings than I do in a church. I have visited and written extensively about some of the great cathedrals in the world. However, my sense of awe is inspired more by the architectural achievements of mankind than by the exaltation of God in these magnificent structures.

    My favorite memories of church life are singing in the choir. I love making harmony, which is why I sang tenor and baritone instead of the lead (which was typically carried by the sopranos).

    My Catholic wife of course knew who St. Anne was. I am further informed that St. Anne is the patron saint of unmarried women, housewives, women in labor, grandmothers, horseback riders, miners, sailors, and cabinet makers. Anne is also one of many saints who is looked to for healing as witnessed by the many canes and mobility aids left at her shrines by those who attribute St. Anne with their healing. – Mike

    • I love how you take the (subject) ball and run with it. Meanwhike, contributing some valuable insight into your own personal beliefs. Along with a truly brilliant addition, which I obviously did not fully research Saint Anne.
      I will remember this, Mike. Please tell Florence she is a good friend to help make my post real and informative. When I See her I will be hugging you both someday, I just Believe this in my heart.

      • One other part, I love my non-believing brother and kids so much but continue to pray for their lives and situations. ♡♡♡
        I love nature and how it relaxes, refreshes and moves me in awe. 🙂

  5. Hi Robin.. I’m back in the WordPress fold… Tooncestales is the new name.. Yes Even This Too Will Pass needed to move on… Everything does move on…Someone once said.. Drop by:)

  6. I like the social message in your post Robin. One must think and do things to save our planet earth. The three Rs have now become 4 it is news to me. Recover is the new addition. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece,

    • I am so glad you feel this way of taking care of our Earth. ♡ I like the idea of instead of the 3 R’s we add Recover, Rashmi. I like also the label of “social message!” This makes it sound even more important. 🙂

  7. Hello Robin, on a frosty Monday morning! I like the message you are sharing here! I think being human beings on our beautiful planet is the one thing we all have in common and the one thing we can all come to union on, with our intention to harm no further.

    I am very familiar with most of the apocryphal stories from Christianity as I studied it for many years. [I am still often surprised to hear that church-goers are not familiar with them too]. I am not a follower of organised religion [churches, temples, mosques] but do live a life supported by spiritual values as do so many others. I studied comparative religions for many years as my wish to understand why the human race is as it is was very strong. I came to see that all religions teach the same set of facts and values about being human, just tempered by the time and place they are from. It seems to me, and I am happy to be corrected on this, that most often organising those teachings into churches, temples, mosques and sects seems to take the spirituality from the teachings and turn them into a dogma. I love when I meet really spiritual religionists 🙂 That is when it all comes together for me. The one thing I still find very hard to understand is how people who align themselves with a church, temple, mosque, find it okay to make war, support weapons, invasions etc and fail to see that the people they make war on are their fellow human beings.

    That’s me done on my Monday morning ‘rant’ Robin – your lovely post inspired a train of thought that reveals more frustrations than peace of mind I’m afraid – It seems I must work harder on myself!! 🙂

    • Pauline, I had my few minutes here and there today to pick up my phone and try to respond to my post replies and play catch up.
      I have had a lot of very nice friends from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I am blessed to have. Had them when very young, too. It helps to have acceptance given to you by parents so other parts of Life’s challenges don’t seem so hard or climb too high.
      In no form of response could I imagine not supporting your beliefs and concerns about religious people who are sometimes zealots or too “way out there” to get to know other theories and religious beliefs. Once about 9 years ago, after my divorce,I ran into a fellow parishioner from the church my ex had chosen as where we would take our kids. When asked where I was attending church instead if a warm question without motive like,”How are you?” When I said I had gone back to the Presbyterian church where I used to go before marriage, the couple liked at each other and shrugged their shoulders.
      I liked what you said about negative habits of some churches, too. Somehow I still don’t think guns and war should be on the agenda of churches. It makes me sad this happens, Pauline.

  8. I think somewhere along the way many of us have lost the sense of community a church can bring. Sunday trading was probably a lot to do with this, work overload – people having little time to engage in the truly important things in life. As a child, I lived in a village where we all knew everyone, neighbours would help each other out, spend a few moments chatting. I still live in a village (not the same one) but there is no sense of community here – I barely know many of the folk who live up my road.
    Recycling – we’re good at that! All plastics, glass cardboard and paper get collected once a fortnight, food waste every week goes to composting. I always feel self righteous when my recycling bin brims over 😀

    • Jenny, I liked how you sound like you long for the past. There were several things you mentioned which I could relate to. I liked church for most of my life. All 3 kids went with me, too. One daughter reads a daily devotional and calls to remind me of someone or something to pray for. I do still pray often but busy weekends spent with grandkids whose parents don’t have the same fond memories of church as youngest daughter and I do.
      As a child, we had less busy weekends. We did not join band, sports or most clubs until high school. Girl or boy scouts were only once a week. I liked the songs, Sunday school with other kids and the “social time” with cookies and punch.
      My parents may never would have marched for Civil Rights had not (Episcopal) Rev. Brownlee asked for volunteers to go to W?Washington.
      Recycling has been unanimously accepted among the responders here.
      Thanks, Jenny, for mentioning community spirit. I miss this from my old neighborhood but do have about 5 friends in this apartment building 🙂

    • I like how you expressed this, Timi. I think praying helps me go beyond myself. It helps to remember both my blessings and others who have so few things to cherish. Then I feel ashamed for my abundance. We are blessed. Thanks for also pointing out the Apollo 11 part if this post. It is always nice to find out which parts meant the most out of a collection of messages. 🙂

  9. I never thought of Mary having a mother but of course she must have. Thanks for pointing out her human, female lineage. Always so easy to forget that she is equally human and divine.

    • I like your saying this about Mary. Equally human and divine is such a marvelous description of Mother Mary.
      At Christmas I set up a wooden manger on my coffee table desoite that neither of.my grown children who are parents take their kids to church. I respect their feelings except at holidays. Then I read the Easter and Christmas stories to them.
      My grandkids kiss baby Jesus in his manger and they also kiss his mother, Mary, and his father, Joseph.

  10. That is cool about your church’s connection to the Korean church. We had a Korean church in the town where we brought up our kids, and at one point I took them there for Korean language lessons. However, the teacher didn’t understand any English at all, and so my kids learned no Korean :(.

    • Oh, Luanne. This is a shame. I have met Korean Americans and they really speak well. Did you ever find a tutor or tapes to listen to? I was happy we chose this beautiful and interesting country long before I became part of their congregation. Thanks, Luanne for all of your .eating full comments.

  11. I love my faith. I falter with religion, mostly because some of it confuses me too much. It’s a bit contradictory to me. But, that’s just me. I still love my God. 😉 And my husband and I try to recycle and use it up as well. Having generations under us makes us a bit more aware, I think than when we were younger, about what we’re doing to the earth.

    • Thank you, Colleen for circling back to this post. I love your faith, too. I hesitate to say much since I am a non-practicing church lover. I will feel Iike I belong to this church since I was only 31 when I started there with my 3 kids. I like to post something faith-oriented from time to time.
      As Beth from L.A. said, we are not dominating the world and it’s resources and creatures. Dominion is in prayers and is not meant to give us authority, I think. I like to think of us as “guests” on this Earth God created for us. We do have generations under us.:)

      • I think I am missing posts for some reason. I try to keep them in my emails until I can read and comment. But I think I am losing some!

        I like that Robin, that we are ‘guests’. That is a great way to consider it.

        I will say, about church…. I grew up in a church. And I ‘miss’ that. I’m almost jealous of people who find such solace and comfort and community in a church. Though I admire it and appreciate it and understand it completely, I haven’t found it. But that’s okay, I have my faith, and that’s the important thing.

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