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This past Sunday the UUSA was closed due to the snow storm so I went out to the woods with friends, our dogs and my husband.  On the hike my friend told me that she knew someone who used to say that she worshiped in the “Church of the Blue Dome.”  On that morning I certainly appreciated the “blue dome”  and all that was under it.  The brilliant white snow, the slow circling hawks, the way our footsteps crunched through the snow and the wet flakes drifting down from the tree branches.  I hope all of you enjoyed your day too!

This coming Sunday we will be combining our Hanukkah service with our RE Solstice Service.  Yes, it’s going to be all about light.

Hope to see you there.

Meditate Upon a Star

This past Sunday Lesley led us in an exercise that involved closing our eyes and imagining a star…  Lesley used a mindfulness activity written by Susan Kaiser Greenland:

“In this visualization we imagine there is a special star in the sky that helps us relax our bodies and quiet our minds.  
Imagine that there is a star in the sky that is just for you.  It can look like anything at all – it can be any color, be made out of any material, and it may change from moment to moment, day to day, just as everything changes. Sometimes large and sometimes small, sometimes bright and sometimes dim, your star is always there. Let’s feel the warmth of the star on our bodies.

As the starlight shines on your forehead, feel your forehead relax and all the stress and strain of the day fade away.  Then imagine that the starlight shines on your shoulders, your arms, your hands, your chest, your back, your belly, your lower back, your legs, your ankles and your feet.  Finally, imagine that your whole body is resting in the warmth of the starlight.” 

 

We turned off the lights and pretended to be outside on a warm summer’s night or wrapped up in a snuggly sleeping bag on a cold winter’s night.

Our art project involved wooden sticks and glue.  This coming weekend we will add tissue paper.  We used two different designs to accommodate the age range we have and in the end, I think everyone successfully made both kinds of stars.  One boy remembered he learned how to make a star without glue and that was super cool!

 

We will use the same mindfulness exercise in our RE December Solstice service on the 17th and we will hang our finished stars on the chalice table for everyone to enjoy.

We will also sing following songs with the congregation:

Twinkle Twinkle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCjJyiqpAuU

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

 

Shine on Me – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO5oDiZ1VKE

Shine on me

Shine on me

Let the light from the lighthouse

Shine on Me

 

Great Big Star – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS23bzABGko
Great big stars way up yonder
Great big stars way up yonder
All around the world gonna shine, shine.
All around the world gonna shine, shine.