Yesterday's service was beautiful. Bob's reflections before communion were really wonderful. Something he said has been with me since, "We need to be mindful of the ways we live that cheat us of human flourishing." He went on to explain how God's desire is joy for life--that we enjoy the world He's created for us to possess; the ways in which we use our minds and imaginations; the work we do; the dreams we dream; the relationships we share; etc. He even spoke of human potential, which is something that I have been thinking about lately.
Later he mentioned what a remarkable gift the Gospel is in that we are given the opportunity to go to God for the love and forgiveness that we cannot give ourselves. We acknowledge the limitations of our humanity--things that mark us of our need of Him. Again, spoken in the language of my thoughts lately :)
His homily reflected the second lesson, 1 Peter 1:22-2:3. Also really wonderful. He spoke of "holy" community and being a people deeply committed to loving one another: "living our lives into each other" (i.e., human flourishing). He talked about the role of Scripture for the believing community as a script to be performed; music to be
Anyhow, i was greatly refreshed.