Writings from The Church of the Saviour Community

Stay Centered and Enjoy

There are some things we can’t hear until we know we have a problem. We hear what we are ready to hear. I am familiar with a problem which I have to work with in my own life, and I expect some of you have to work with it as well, that has been with me a good part of my life. Is there an answer to this problem, or is it just inevitable and we will have to live with it gracefully, knowing it will never go away? This problem is especially acute for good people, people who are sensitized and want to be faithful and want to make a difference in the world—especially people who have heard God’s call on their lives and want to be faithful to that call. What is the problem that most good people have? It is being in overload, too busy, weighted down, with too much on our plates. We simply cannot keep up. Read more…

Birthing a Different World

“There is an urge among us to birth a different world.” – Paul Hawken

Birthing a baby is more than enough challenge, but a new world! Yikes! Advent is upon us and I am keenly aware of the craving for a different world. The Prayer Hut in Primavera Center is waiting for a symbol worthy of the inner work needed this season. Yet inner movements remain subtle. Clues often are all that will be given.

The longing for a womb, a cave for that which grows in the dark leads to the discovery of an old stump covered in winter. It is placed in the Prayer Hut, twisted and turned. We lay the stump over and with the help of a piece of cloth, a grotto comes forth. Something inside me leaps! I sit before it and wonder at what inner clue to a “new world” wants to reveal itself. Read more…

The Invitation to Reconciliation

Traditionally in the church, the Advent season began with a period of penitence and fasting. Liturgically the use of purple during the weeks leading up to Christmas was meant to create a visual connection between Advent and Lent, the two periods of preparation for Jesus’ birth and death. For early Christians, these four weeks are inextricably linked to the knowledge that Christ came as the “Word made flesh” to live among us and reveal God’s truth to the world through his life and teachings. As we rejoice in the coming of Christ’s birth, we also are mindful that his life led to his crucifixion, which culminated in his resurrection and the promise of new life for all of us.

Advent focuses our attention on Christ’s birth, while anticipating Christ’s death and resurrection. During this season we celebrate God’s invitation to reconciliation. But, like Christ’s birth, accepting God’s invitation to reconciliation is only the beginning, for as a people reconciled to God, we become a people commissioned to “love the Lord God with all our hearts” and to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” Read more…

Turtle

Advent 1

The day is bright and warm for December 1, but the logs in the marsh pond are bare. Spring to summer into early fall they served, on sunny days, as spa to a dozen or so painted turtles. Basking, slay-legged, they would stretch their leathery necks out full length, avid for every luscious atom of sun-light and sun-warmth.

Out of sight now, they’ve not escaped the harsher cold that’s coming. Read more…

Call, in a World Come of Age

When I first was exposed to The Church of the Saviour, what immediately impressed me was the presence of a lot of blessings—helpful preaching and teaching, heartwarming, healing relationships, laughing and having fun together, and seriousness about things that really matter. In this community there was the awareness and acknowledgement of pain along with contagious joy. The community was grounded in a reality bigger than itself.

I wanted what I felt and saw. Something contagious was going on, and I wanted in on it. When a church is being formed consciously by the gospel, there is something real to touch, taste, receive and even push against. Read more…