Guided Meditations

Thursday Evenings at 8 p.m. on ZOOM


I think of God as a Presence that I can be in relationship with, one that I can draw wisdom from, who guides me, and fills me with peace and love. The spiritual practice of meditation helps bring me into that presence. Meditation reduces stress, cultivates a sense of inner peace, helps us to find clarity of purpose, and can produce healing, as some in our medical profession have been finding out.


Each Thursday evening for 20 to 30 minutes I lead a guided meditation, followed by a short time of sharing. The meditations draw from Christian, Buddhist, and Inter-spiritual traditions i.e. Loving Kindness Meditations, Tonglen, Relaxation Meditation, Examen, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer and meditations focused on themes of Gratitude, Peace and Love. 

All are welcome to join us on ZOOM. Just fill out the contact form below, and I will send you the link to join. 


Finding peace during these challenging times. 

Susan Brecht


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Worship Guide 5/19/2024

Digging Deep

  Sunday, May 19th, 2024 at 10 AM in the Church and Zoom Sanctuaries

Worship Guide

See you Sunday!

I look forward to being back with you in worship on Sunday!  Last weekend, I was in Santa Cruz with Roberta and my whole family to celebrate the life of my younger brother, Doug.  The memorial service in the Soquel Congregational Church was packed with people, and many loving sentiments and stories were shared.  The positive impact of that memorial on my soul reminded me of the healing power that is latent in ritual.  We are “wired” for ceremony – for moments when we physically gather and engage all our senses toward the end of fresh memory-making and the reconciliation and transformation of relationships.  That’s what our Sunday worship is all about, too!

I’m very blessed to have a childhood best friend.  We bonded at age 6 in our small town in Ohio.  In so many ways, we are each other’s creations!  I cannot even imagine who or what I’d be if I had not been Bruce Urbschat’s friend.  He is in the ICU in Penn Hospital in Philadelphia, and I’m on my way to visit him for a few days.  He has stage 4 renal cancer and a few days ago his remaining kidney failed – he’s on the mend from that, and will begin radiation soon, but still is in pretty tough shape.  I’ll be back on Sunday, but I will miss the Patio Sale.

Making mosaics after worship will be a balm to my soul, too!  There have been a lot of broken pieces in my life lately, so it’s my prayerful intention that putting some physical bits and shards together in a creative way will propel me toward a fresh and positive integration of it all.  

See you then!

 

See you Sunday! 

See you at Church!

PS:  If you’d like to subscribe to my weekly blog, “musings”, email me at jtburklo@yahoo.com and I’ll put you on the list!

P.S.S.:  In addition to being your pastor, I’m also the (volunteer) Executive Director of ProgressiveChristiansUniting.org .  I’m leading its main project, a new global network of progressive Christian ministries at colleges and universities called ZOE…  zoeoncampus.org . 

  

See you on Sunday!

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Worship begins at 10:00AM

Time: Sundays, 10AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Zoom Virtual Worship Instructions

In anticipation of our Virtual Worship Gatherings beginning on Sunday, March 22, we are sending out this message to help you navigate the virtual meeting platform, called ZOOM, that we will be using. ZOOM is very easy to use, and anyone can join the meetings (Worship Gatherings, or any other meeting, such as Council, Deacons, Mutual Ministry, Transition Team, Beyonders, Women’s Gathering, or other small groups which we anticipate creating during this time).

First, you will receive an e-mail from the person “hosting” (creating, facilitating) the particular meeting.

Open your e-mail message, and read it to make sure you know the date and time of the specific meeting (for example, for Sunday Worship, the meeting date will be March 22, and the time will be 10:00 AM).

There will be a link for you to click on, taking you right into the ZOOM meeting. Alternatively, there will also be a list of phone numbers for you to use if you prefer to join the meeting by calling in. You will need to have the password handy, so that you can enter it, so that you join the right meeting.

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You can call in or participate online!

The wonderful thing about using ZOOM is that you don’t need a computer or a smartphone, you can use your landline! Everyone will be able to participate.

Approximately at 9:50 AM, on Sunday morning, open your e-mail message with the invitation to Worship, and click on the provided link (or call in by using one of the provided phone numbers).

If you click on the link, you will automatically join the meeting.

If you call in, you will need to provide the given password.

I encourage you to start early, in case one of the phone numbers doesn’t work and you need to try a different one.

Likewise, sometimes it can take a little time to access ZOOM via computer or smartphone, and we want everyone to be able to join the meeting in a timely manner.

We’ll see you in Worship! Watch your e-mail inbox for up-to-date information, and please share it with those who do not have internet access or an e-mail address. Thank you in advance!

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Now, more than ever, we need one another, and we need God.

Remember, we are all in this together. Even though we may be scattered throughout the county, the state, the country, or the globe, we are still the Church, united together through our love, our compassion, our commitment, and our faith. We are still God’s family. Now, more than ever, we need one another, and we need God. God is always with us, connecting us heart to heart, spirit to spirit. Know that you may contact Rev. Stacy for pastoral care, support, and counseling to help you through this challenging wilderness of the unexpected. Council members are also available to provide their assistance. We ask for your continued patience as we continue to learn to be the Church in new, exciting ways. We are encouraged by the many ideas we have, and the many opportunities this forced physical distance will bring us all. To God be the glory, now and forever. Amen.

With Peace, Grace, Comfort, and Love in the Time of Coronavirus,

Rev. Stacy