We will begin our 2017-18 year of reading and discussing books on Thursday, Sept 7, at
7:00 pm. Note the change in date; we are meeting the first Thursday of the month to
accommodate Session on the second Thursday.
Chris Riddering will be leading our discussion of Madeleine Thien’s “Do Not Say We Have
Nothing”. Thein sets her story in China during the Cultural Revolution, and focuses on
musicians who have their music taken from them as they are forced into re-education. The
book was short-listed for the Booker Prize.
Everyone is invited to join us for this first of our monthly meetings.
Well, it’s been almost two months since I began ministry with you all at Northminster. I am slowly learning names, getting a feel for the church’s programs and ministry, and determining an office arrangement that feels comfortable for me. Which means that I am still moving furniture and discovering files in the boxes that accompanied me from my last position.
The file folder crammed with assorted articles is intriguing. Most of the stuff I wonder what ever possessed me to save it. But I found a gem or two. Here is a short think piece that you might enjoy:
Several years ago, The British Weekly published the following letter questioning the effectiveness of sermons.
It seems ministers feel their sermons are very important and spend a great deal of time preparing them. I have been attending church quite regularly for 30 years and I have probably heard 3,000 sermons. To my consternation, I discovered I cannot remember a single sermon. I wonder if a minister’s time might be more profitably spent on something else?"
For the next few weeks that publication received a flood of responding letters containing a variety of opinions. The last one that was printed by the paper was most provocative.
I have been married for 30 years. During that time I have eaten 32,850 meals -- mostly my wife’s cooking. Suddenly I have discovered I cannot remember the menu of a single meal. And yet . . . I have the distinct impression that without them, I would have starved to death long ago."
It seems we all need to maintain a regular diet in order to nourish both our bodies and our spirits.
Well, I hope that your summer has been enjoyable. And that you are maintaining a regular diet. See you in worship!
Neeta R. Nichols