October 16 - November 20, 2016.

"The love of money is the root of all evil." "The lack of money is the root of all evil." "A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart." "All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy." "There are people who have money and people who are rich." "Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position." "Money makes the world go around." "Money changes everything." "I don't care too much for money; money can't buy me love..." How do we, indeed, how can we, reconcile all these conflicting messages and experiences around money? Let's dig into it.

 

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Giving — Having — Feeling

It's about money — about our feelings about money; about releasing money; about celebrating money — which is of course all about way deeper stuff: spirituality, our feelings about God and being human and the world. Let's see if there are some things that Jesus has to say (which, of course, there are) about living meaningfully and intentionally regarding what is, arguably, the thing that determines everything's value — or seems to…

"Shoulds"

We are all inheritors of messages — stated messages, implied messages, unspoken messages — about behavior, about what is acceptable and what is not. This is especially true with money, and sharing money, and giving money to the church, to God, to charity. What were you told? And what are you carrying? And if you looked those "shoulds" in the eye, deeply, with courage, what messages would stand strong — and which ones would melt away? 

"Coulds"

We've talked about our feelings about money, and the "shoulds" we have heard and internalized and wrestled, but what if, as the phrase says, money were no object? What if we just allowed that our choices around money (as with everything else) were what can free us, not restrict us? 

...and Receiving

It can be a challenge to give, but it can be a far greater challenge to receive, to be open, to surrender control, to welcome what shows up. Let's be with that this Sunday — and see what comes up. Our guest speaker will be the awesome Reverend Amelia Fulbright of Labyrinth Progressive Ministry. She's going to bring powerful insights and a huge heart. And there'll be water. 

Openness and Closedness

Last week we looked at giving and our resistances to receiving. Now we're going to look at God and our souls and what may be keeping us from being open — and how we can move into being open to What Is Now. Plus, we’ll have music by Grace Pettis and Rick will be saying a prayer for our city, state, and nation as we move forward after the big season of campaigning.

Grace

Giving ends with grace — and begins with grace. When I am open, it flows. When I receive, I give. When I allow, the large and the small can come to life. Let’s step into it together.