Weekly Contact October 17, 2019

To Friends and Members,

Would you join me in a daily practice from now through November 1? This practice only needs five minutes or less each day. It doesn’t need any particular place, or specific tools, or skill. Here’s the practice.

Think about five things for which you are grateful. Each new day think of five different items – people, things, institutions, in the past, present, or that you are anticipating. They don’t have to be big or profound, and may be seemingly trivial things we take for granted.

Why am I asking you to do this? I’ve many reasons. Here’s one. Phil Watkins, in Gratitude and the Good Life, says this kind of practice helps us access and spontaneously think about positive memories. You may discover your world is shaped by experiences you haven’t thought about recently or perhaps at all. If you do this exercise, you may find yourself involved in more pleasurable memories and find out what that does for your day. If you’re especially ambitious, you could write your five items down each day. And, you will be preparing to hear one of my upcoming sermons. Think of it as another of our “blue boxes.”

Sunday’s lessons are Jeremiah 31:27-34 and Luke 18:1-8. My sermon will focus on the Luke passage.

Remember to sign up for the Harvest Dinner by calling the church office.

You are welcoming to come to the Monday morning meditation for twenty minutes beginning at 8:15.

Put REFUEL dinner on your calendar Wednesdays at 5:30. What a pleasure to build relationships with thirty-plus children, youth, and young adults who attend!

In gratitude,