A small kindness

Recently, someone sent me a note of thanks – it was only a few words, but they warmed my heart. It is nice to be on the receiving end of such acts of kindness. Love is visible in the kind care we express to others – no matter how small. The world is a better place, too, because of them.

St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship audio August 1

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f5lGxPgGygsrhLt7-_fQMRT_U7YQWo2l/view?usp=sharing

A Summer Day

The sun broke the darkness over the hill,
A cool breeze, swept past my cheek;
The world woke up this summer day-
Plans to make, promises to keep.

Throughout the day clouds danced by,
Playing hide n’ seek with the light;
On this summer day, I placed worry aside
And kept all things good in sight.

Our souls are often shattered,
By the hurry of life – oh my!
So, friends, go ahead and try it,
Take a break on a summer day in July.

St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship audio July 25th

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Hw3aBLrb0uLiooxq3EHylIOaJeEy-VLf/view?usp=sharing



A Soulful Thought

I learned something about myself. I find when stormy weather hangs on for awhile, that my soul is often unsettled, too. This has been the case with our most recent hot and humid weather pattern. This morning, it is quite pleasant with a cooler breeze and gentle light pouring itself across the landscape; a balm to my soul.

St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship audio July 18th

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13eeXdjSterFmAzi1NHyhnOVgVtrrvWYH/view?usp=sharing

Rain Rain…

Remember the childhood nursery rhyme, Rain, rain, go away…come again another day? That nursery rhyme came into my head this morning when the rain was pelting against the sidewalk. That rhyme led me to think of songs that included rain. Immediately I thought of the following songs: Purple Rain, Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, Let it Rain, The Sky is Crying, Fire & Rain, Crying in the Rain, Rainy Night in Georgia, Who’ll Stop the Rain. These are a handful of at least 100 popular songs that included rain in their lyrics. While we wait for the sun to shine, I am sure you can come up with some titles on your own.

After these hot and humid summer days, plants, trees and flowers welcome the falling rain. They drink its wetness as it refreshes their roots, leaves and buds. We find the rain refreshing, too.

St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship audio July 11 –

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ckH0nH2ypA6dEcczn7oaUmbisyg9Nr0_/view?usp=drive_web

Independence Day

As we celebrate today….parades, backyard BBQ’s, festivals, fireworks…..and pause to reflect on how blessed we are because of the freedoms we have in this country….let’s also reflect on what God has done for us. Psalm 105:5 – Remember the miracles God has done; remember God’s wonders and God’s decisions.

So blessed!

St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship audio July 4th

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dA5WNrTYkIdkn8ouscYZmj3LndysZdiY/view?usp=drive_web

Light, Light and More Light

I always celebrate the astronomical change of seasons; usually with a prayer for the new season and giving special attention to the wildlife and plants in my backyard. Today marks the Summer Solstice…the longest day…slightly more than 15 hours of daylight. Amazing! As your day unfolds, make the most of the abundant gift of light.

St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship 062021

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JZFvVZPC7Q3ldl_EUnr6sM5zlMRhXBJw/view?usp=sharing