Thomas Rhodes

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Do we ever surprise you, God? De we ever do or say things which catch you off guard, or do you have everything under such tight control that nothing is left to chance? You are the ultimate mystery to us, but are we ever a mystery to you?...

Prayer | By Thomas Rhodes | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Authority, Freedom, God, Playfulness, Service, Unitarian Universalism, Wonder

Within the space of an instant, you can make a first impression show gratitude, kiss, change your mind, wipe away a tear, live, and die. It only takes a minute to write a note, tell a joke, change a diaper, sing a song, or be still....

Meditation | By Thomas Rhodes | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Integrity, Purpose, Service, Vision, Work

Each week we take up an offering for the support of this congregation, and often, for the support of others who are working for a better world. To be honest, we need your support—especially in todays economy, when pledges are down and the future appears uncertain. But there is another truth here...

Reading | By Thomas Rhodes | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Brokenness, Generosity, Privilege, Stewardship, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness

To be shared after the flowers have been distributed... Within our hands we hold the resurrection of the world. Transient and imperfect, these blossoms are still gifts of infinite value. Like ourselves. Too often we seek permanence and perfection. Resisting change, blind to our shortcomings, We...

Meditation | By Thomas Rhodes | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Flower Communion, Humility, Transformation, Unitarian Universalism

Over our heads, the great wheel of stars shifts, the autumnal (or spring) equinox manifests itself, and for one precious instant darkness and light exist in balanced proportion to one another. Within our minds the great web of neurons shifts, new consciousness arises, and for one precious instant...

Meditation | By Thomas Rhodes | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Balance, Earth-Centered, Paganism

In this religious community we reach back into the past to honor those who came before us and those who have given much so that we may be here today. And we reach forward with hands of welcome to embrace those who have newly joined our Fellowship....

Closing | By Thomas Rhodes | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Connections, Direct Experience, Generations, Gratitude, New Member Ceremony, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Unitarian Universalism, Unity

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