A lovely morning of snow day worship and Spiritual Exploration!
Amazingly, Jon Gailmor made the trek from Elmore and was a special treat to those at the 9am service. He got us all raising our voices together. I got the special treat of taking in service since my family was the only one at 9am! Joan offered a wonderful two part sermon--I hope you get to listen to it or read it later this week.
A nice group of kids at the 11am service though. One new family joined us since their church (and at least several other churches in town) were closed for the storm. In the children's Spiritual Exploration, we passed the Wonder Box around and guessed what was inside. A picture frame? An ice cube? A rock? In the end, it held a microphone, symbol of the power of words.
One of our new teachers, Brandon, read Martin's Big Words. We talked about how things have gotten much better because of Dr. King and all the other brave people working for equality over the years. But there is still work to be done. We talked about how a legislator from Bennington, Kiah Morris, had to stop doing work she loved because of hateful things being said about her by someone in her town. They made her feel too scared to keep going. But collectively the movement needs to keep going, to make Vermont and the entire world a safe place for people of color. We marched around the room to a civil rights song we learned, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around."
Artists are needed in any movement, so we decorated a cardboard mural of some of Dr. King's inspiring "big words" alongside many colored hand prints. AND we did a small service project to honor Dr. King. We made some Care Kits to give out to folks who come to the Thursday night warming shelter this week (with toiletries that are often needed when you don't have a stable home--wipes, bandaids, tissues, deodorant, Q tips). Here's the video of the picture book, Martin's Big Words.
Amazing effort by everyone--hospitality team (check out our young usher today!), snow removal, worship team, nursery staff and LSE volunteers and the many others. We also sent out thanks to all of you who decided you couldn't make it. We missed you but we're glad you're safe!