During October we will be reflecting together on our theme, which is “Letting Go.” What an apt theme for this season, as the trees let go their leaves, making room for the barrenness of winter and for the new life that will come in the spring!
In worship, we will consider the need to let go of our plans and to learn how to adapt to current conditions. We’ll think about what it might mean to let go of the stories we’ve all learned about the “discovery” of America. We’ll consider what in our congregational life “sparks joy,” and what we might be willing to let go of to make room for new ideas and new ways of being and doing. And finally, toward the end of the month, we’ll reflect on the letting go that comes with grieving as we remember loved ones who have died.
One of the advantages of this thematic approach to worship is that we can approach each theme from a variety of approaches and go a little deeper with our reflection. Of course, there are never enough Sundays in a month to consider every angle. And so, I’d like to invite you to engage in some reflection of your own during the coming month, perhaps using the following questions to get you started…
- Is life calling you to let go of something to make room for something new?
- Where do you struggle most around this concept of letting go? Do you struggle with…
- Letting go of assumptions about others?
- Letting go of self-doubt?
- Letting go of white (or other) privilege?
- Letting go of the need to control?
- Letting go of the need to be perfect?
- Letting go of fear?
- Letting go of beliefs that no longer serve you?
- Letting go of old habits that no longer serve you?
- Letting go of something else?
I hope these questions will help you to engage with the theme. I invite you to share your reflections with family and friends, if you feel so moved. These could be good conversation starters as you share a meal with loved ones. And, of course, if something comes up in your reflections that you’d like to share with me, please be in touch!