It’s December, a Time to Live in the Spiritual Place of Mystery

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 in Feature Stories

“Every aspect of Nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe.” –Carl Sagan

Join us throughout December as we explore together the great mysteries of the season: healing into life and death, light from darkness, divinity within our humanity. God or the Great Mystery was once considered to be in the elements or in the forest or the cave or in some sacred object. Then the more scientific facts emerged, the further away humanity pushed their concepts of God. Now to the clouds. Now to the sky. Now into space. Now to another dimension. At Allegheny, we find God (or what some of us are willing to call “God”) in all of these and close as heartbeat, as intimate as breath. Through this months’ spiritual focus of “Mystery,” Rev. Dave will share his World AIDS Day reflections on “Dare to Heal.” With the message of “Covenant with the Future,” we will celebrate our “First Gathering Sunday” when in 1905 this congregation first worshiped together. Rev. Tom Bodie will share from his heart about the mystery and meaning of the Winter Solstice. We’ll celebrate Christmas by decking the halls with our “Tree Decoration Communion” and of course our Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship (6PM). And as we close the year and anticipate Allegheny’s sabbatical, the Sabbatical Group will share their hopes and aspirations for what the sabbatical will mean for the congregation and how we will grow our communal soul by “Leaping into the Mystery.”