Does anyone else feel a little overwhelmed by information? I feel like every day I am just bombarded with new links and new studies and new opinion pieces and I feel like I’m drowning in data. And that can lead us to feel pretty paralyzed. How can you make life decisions when you’re drowning in voices? How do we live our lives, raise our children, pursue meaningful work, spend and save our money, love our neighbours and worship our God when there’s a million articles to read?
In an age full of fast answers and fake news we don’t need more information, more opinions, or more rules.
We need wisdom.
As the book of Proverbs says:
Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
“To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
When Eucharist started we collectively knew nothing. It was largely a very young congregation full of people that were full of passion and bad ideas. Early on we had a few older, wiser voices come alongside our community. They encouraged our best ideas and warned us away from our worst ideas. They stopped us from becoming a pile of well-intentioned ashes. We’re so grateful for them.
Instead of diving back into sermons this January, we thought we’d take a different road. We have invited three wise voices to join us at Eucharist, and instead of a sermon I am going to interview them in front of the whole congregation, and then open up the space for anyone to ask any question they have. Our guests are retired pastors, spiritual directors, justice mobilizers, and people who have learned to hear and follow God’s Wisdom. Bring your hard questions: work, vocation, calling, dating, justice, money, faith, doubt - whatever rests heavy on you! Bring your questions, write them down to submit them anonymously or ask from your seat, and we’ll see what they might share with us. And please invite your friends who are also hungry for wisdom!
January 8 - Sue Carr, Director of 541 Eatery and Exchange
January 15 - Bob Mather-Dyer, Retired Pastor
January 22 - Sue Hamilton, Spiritual Director
Of course, if you asked them, I’m sure all three of these friends would balk at being told they are “wise." But that’s how you know they are!
We look forward to hosting these conversations throughout January, and hope to see you there.