Sunday Message – May 14th, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Great Light, we greet you with praise and thanksgiving this morning– this morning of Mother’s Day. We give thanks for the mothers who birthed us, for the mothers who raised us, for the mothers who fed us and comforted us– whether those people were mothers by blood or circumstance.

We remember today the divine feminine; the full bounty of creation, the warmth and love of life. We give thanks to our mother the Earth, and remember our honor and duties as stewards of this planet. May we remember kindness and compassion, and strive to nurture our world and our neighbors in it. May we be humble and honor the divine in the beauty we see around us, in the faces we meet, in the graceful kindness of strangers.

Let us strive always to be a place of solace in a world of pain. Let us remember to be patient and generous in spirit, and give freely from our tables and ourselves to whomever is in need. It is not for us to decide who is deserving of love– ALL are deserving of Love and Light– it is only for us to walk with grace through a world of fire, and show love to those who need it.

May we each find peace this day, and the will to keep our hearts soft, the courage to be kind, in a world that would turn us to stone.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – May 7th, 2017

Great Light, we greet you with praise this morning, wherever we are. We give thanks for the day you have made, for the life you have placed in us, for the time we are given to walk this world. Help us remember always that you work through us; we are your vessels. Open our eyes to the world and the people around us. Fill us with compassion for our neighbor. Help us resist doubt, suspicion, and selfish motivations.

Open our hearts to the thread of Love connecting us all, and keep our eyes turned toward the wonders you have made. Let us not be made weary by the world around us, but keep our spirits fixed on the Light which shines on all things, leads us through the times of shadow and fear, and makes us strong in spirit, and courageous of heart. Let us seek not understanding from the world, but let us seek to understand the world as it is, in all of its imperfection and ugliness, and teach us how we fit into this grand design, what our contribution will be to the sum of Light, so that we might soothe what hurt we can, feed who we can, and leave this place better than when we arrived.

Let us not despair in the face of hatred and greed, but rather take courage, for our we draw our strength from the Light and Love itself. We must be gently kind in world that is cruel. We must extend the hands of peace in a world that arms itself for war. We must question everything we see and hear, and seek always the deeper truth that underlies the fleeting and empty things we see in the works of men. Bless our paths as we move through the world, guard our way, and keep us always in the warmth of your light.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – April 30th 2017

Great Light, we give thanks today for the breath in our lungs, the sun in our sky, and the fire in our souls. You have kindled in us purpose and courage, and from it we offer you our gratitude and service. Teach us to walk your path, guard our way as we go, and make us bold in our passion for you and the life you have given us.

Though we will weather storms, though night will inevitably fall, and shadows close around us, we will hear your bell in the night, your voice on the wind, and see your beacon through the darkness. Keep us close to you as you move through the world and through us, and be close to us wherever we go. Make us instruments of your light and love and vessels for your peace, this day, and always.

Amen and namaste.

We also wish a fond happy birthday to one of our founders, Elanor.

Sunday Message – April 23, 2017

Sunday message with Professor Alastair.

Great Light, kindler of our worlds and souls, shine into our lives this day and fill us with the peace and purpose of love. Quiet our minds when they buzz with the agitation of the world around us. Help us to feel the steady current of your presence beneath every seemingly chaotic and senseless turn. You guide and guard us on our ways, and you are the author of our story.
Help us to seek wisdom and understanding. Let us not fear knowledge, but embrace it. Hone our minds to ask the right questions, make us bold in pursuit of answers and truth, and make us humble enough to accept it when we find it. Educate us in the ways of the world and spirit. Help us understand the sacred connection between all things, the Life that unites us, the spirit that guards us, and the part we must each play while we walk this world. Fill us with wonder, keep our eyes open with curiosity and watchfulness, so that we watch to learn as well as act.
Faith must be an action. It cannot be idle or passive, not in the days we now find ourselves. Be bold in your soul, extend love to yourself as well as your neighbor. You are as the Light has made you, and no matter where you are, or who you are, you are good enough, and have the capacity for light, love, and greatness. You are more than the flesh that contains you, and more than what people say. You live in the Light of the One who made you, who calls you by name to the path that is yours. Follow the call in your soul and no other, for it is not in the words of others that we will find God, but only in our study of the universe and ourselves.
May the Light be with us this day, and every day.
Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – April 16th, 2017 – Easter

Great Light of our Lives, and people everywhere: we greet you in the Light this morning. For some it is Easter. Rejoice, the Light is Risen. For others, it is merely the beauty of Springtime. Even in the midst of Spring, it can be hard to find peace in this wrathful world. At times, the war machines rattle so deeply across the nations it seems everything we know will quake apart in these hateful tremors.

But it will not be so. Every year, the world itself reminds us: the sun returns. The Light returns. Life is Risen. Every morning we have a choice, each of us: today, do I spread Light, or do I sit by and condone the Darkness? One of these choices is easy. The right one never is. The power of hate and war, these are the wages of Darkness. This is Hell come to us where we are, by our own hands. But the very point of Easter is to prove that the Light can tread even into Hell and rise again in the morning.

Every morning we are greeted with hope, with the promise of Love; we must only be brave enough to say, “yes, today I will rise. Today I will stand. Today I will fight in the name of Love.” The Light has already promised us the victory. It is only we individuals who must find the courage to stand up and join the chorus of voices in the Light, the oneness of Being, and choose Love over Hate, and Light over Darkness. Only then, will the world go quiet and know peace, and the true silence of the Garden on the Morning the Light returned from Hell, and said, “Fear not, for I have tread here before you.”

We have but to walk in the name of the Light, and the Light shall make the way for us. Follow the Sun, keep our eyes open to world and the needs of those around us suffering in this wilted and ravaged garden. Add light to the world wherever you can, and this too, shall make waves in the name of Love. Peace be with you. Light and Love be with you this day, and every day.

Amen and Namaste.

Sunday Message – April 9th 2017

Today’s message, led by Professor Alastair.

Blessed be those who wake in the Light this morning. Blessed be those without the Light, and may we find our ways to them so they need not live in the cold. For some, this is Palm Sunday. For others, it is a day like any other. Either way, I think we can agree it is the new start of Spring and Life, the coming of Light back into the world. May we each find the Light in our lives. May it strengthen us, nourish us, and replenish what the cruel world has drained from our hearts.

We give thanks for the wonderful world in which live– brave new world, that has such people in it– for the trees budding in the breeze, for the rivers running full, for the sky clad in peppered rainclouds, promising water for the flowers and the crops that feed us. The Light provides for us all, and we thank it for its shelter, guidance, and blessing.

We would remiss, though, to celebrate the Spring and ignore the suffering all around us. Children have died horrific deaths this week. The machines of war grind loud above the song of the Earth. The greed and anger of Man have wrought terrible things, horrors which shock our eyes and pierce our hearts. There is no answer of why. Evil needs no reason. The only thing can do in the face of such Darkness is be brave in the Light, help who we can, where we can, wherever are we, and fight in whatever corner of the world that is our to keep Love and Peace alive. We must shelter the flame from the winds with our own hands. The world will test us. The horns of war blare loud in the skies over our planet. The butchery and blasphemy of man against man, machine against child, these things will continue so long as people find no peace and love in their hearts.

We are the Light bearers. No matter how dark the night, we must come bearing our lamps. We must walk into the fire, tread tranquil into the cacophonous chaos, and we must reach, always reach, toward our kinsfolks outside the Light’s borders. They need us now more than ever. We cannot simply sit by and pray. We are spirits, heart, minds, and warriors. Peace is our message. Love is our weapon. And yet we are more powerful than any gas, or missile, or hateful countenance. We are more than the Darkness around us. We must shine, and shine brightly. We must speak, and sing, and reach ever toward those who need us.

Like the new-growing shoots of grass and flower, may we spring forward into the year with new purpose: may we be the Light in the Dark places. May we sing of peace when the world screams for war. May we offer loving hands when the world clenches its wrathful fist. Light is great and it is everywhere, but we are the instruments of its peace. Shine light wherever you are, rally under the banner of Love, and remember the Good which we all serve and desire.

Amen and Namaste.

UCFW Sunday Blessing April 2, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair
Great Light, you see us and know us. You watch over us in the night, and guide our steps in the day. You are the wind in our sails, and the road beneath our feet. You propel us through this life, and we are but leaves borne on the ever-flowing river of your will.

I see great pain in the world. I hear the lonely cries of people without comfort. I hear the famished groans of starving children. I hear the echoing thunder of guns and machines of war. I feel the earth quake below me with anguish for what we have wrought in our greed and pride. Forgive us, all of us, for what we do to this planet, and to each other. Teach our hearts to be mild, our spirits gentle and kind. Keep our minds sharp, and our eyes wakeful. Help us soothe what hurt we can, feed whom we can, fight when we must, and make peace with those who have hurt us.

Be with us all, Light of Love. Be with each who wake in your presence this morning, and seek out those who have woken without you. Guard our ways as we move through these perilous times, and keep our spirits fixed on the unwavering Light of your Love and your hope. Give us the strength of lions, and courage of falcons. May we be swift on your winds, and may we bring your Light those who need it most.

In the name of our Light and Love– Amen and Namaste.