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Inclusive. Holy. A blessing for us all.
In the video (the link), Paul begins speaking at 1:12 min.


In January, 2013, Don Koc led us in a benediction that we deeply appreciate. We know that it also works well when you’re taking walks, by yourself or with others, and as a way to come together at the beginning of a party or meeting.

Don Koc’s benediction

Here’s a link to Reverend Ed Bacon and author Kim Rosen, discussing the power of spiritual power of poetry and her book, “Saved by a Poem,” when a poem – or a sermon! helps you connect with your true self and live life in its depths. It speaks to the phenomenon we experience in Paul’s sermons when we feel something more than “the words” happening with our energy levels. What’s particularly interesting in the first few minutes is the discussion of the biochemistry changes at the “soul” level.

http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Kim-Rosen-and-the-Power-of-Poetry-Audio  (a fast 8 min 55 sec.)

Our Greatest Fear, Marianne Williamson

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Jill’s inspiration

Poems from SPC’s Fourth Annual Poetry Sunday, 4/15/2012

God Says Yes To Me, by Kaylan Haught
Full version, click here

Aubade in Autumn, by Peter Everwine
Full version, click here

An Eskimo Poem,  from ‘Beyond the High Hills,’ collected among the Igluilik Eskimos of the Hudson Bay Region by Knud Rasmussen
Three versions, click here

Tonight It’s a Word, by Frank X. Gaspar
A fragment, click here

Sonnet 18, by William Shakespeare
Full Sonnet and more, click here

What I Have Learned So Far, by Mary Oliver
Full poem, click here

I Pray to the Birds, by Terry Tempest Williams
Full poem, click here

Gather, by Rose McLarney
Full poem, click here

I Will Not Die An Unlived Life, by Dawn Markova
Full poem, click here

Eagle Poem, by Joy Harjo
Full poem, click here

For All, by Gary Snyder
Full poem, click here

Everyone Sang, by Siegried Sassoon
Full poem, click here