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Weekly Reflection, 5.9.19

Dear church family -

This Sunday we will be celebrating Mothers' Day. We remember that there are many faces of motherhood. Many of us will be celebrating or remembering our mothers - both those who have given birth to us and nurtured us, and those who have mothered us through any growing period of our lives. We hold close in our hearts those who have lost a mother, and those who have lost a child, through death or through distance.

In honor of Mothers' Day, I'll be looking at some of the feminine images of God that are found in scripture. It is my hope that this might invite us toward a new understanding of who God is. For instance, throughout the bible God is described as being compassionate. In Hebrew that word is Raham, which is also the word for womb. God is compassionate; God is womb-like. This is a very feminine image for God.

We'll also be doing some baby dedications at the 11:00am service. Of all the many things I do in ministry, this is my favorite! It is a time when we dedicate parents and the congregation to the nurture of young lives in the church. In doing so, we commit to love these children through affirmation, kindness, example and patience.

We also celebrate with all those celebrating graduations this weekend, as TCU sends out into the world some of the best and brightest. What an exciting time for so many!

I hope you'll join us in the Sanctuary at 9:00am or 11:00am before you take mom out for brunch. I think you'll be glad you did. But if you can't be there in person, I invite you to join in via the livestream on our website or on Facebook live for both services. Or join us for the Simple Worship service at 9:30am in the chapel led by Rev. Shannon Moore. This is a short, simple, come-as-you-are service that includes communion.

By now you have probably seen the announcement of Rev. Cyndy Twedell's retirement next month. The seeds she has planted and sown in the scope of her 32-year ministry here at UCC are vast. She has been a trusted leader for the church and trusted pastor on our personal faith journeys. We all owe her a huge debt of gratitude for all that she has done and been for our congregation, and I hope that in the next several weeks, as we prepare to send her off into retirement, you'll take the time to express your love and appreciation for her.

Here is the prayer I prayed this morning in preparation of this big weekend, :

Creating and comforting God, shine the light of your love on our lives today so that we may reflect the same light to those we encounter. Help us discover the simple joy of treating our neighbor the way we want to be treated and give us the courage to live like this every day. Fill us with compassion and empathy as we weep with those who weep; and laugh with those who laugh. I pray this in the name of the one who loved all. Amen.

It is my ongoing joy to serve as your pastor.

Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman

Senior Minister

University Christian Church

Fort Worth, TX