Under the RE Tree

July 9, 2020

This Sunday, July 12th – I’ll be leading worship! We’ll be considering “Life Outside the Box” – and I’ll be listing all kinds of examples of out of the box thinking, creating, and being. Put your thinking caps on… I’ll be asking YOU for some of YOUR FAVORITE examples as well! Who’s your favorite forward thinker?

Following the service, let’s just get sorted into one of the coffee hour chat groups this week.

LunchTime for All Ages is moving to every other week. You may have noticed, we didn’t have LTfAA this week, so we WILL HAVE ONE NEXT WEEK, on July 15th!
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/394784743?pwd=TVlpOGdKTlJYUEFnbnJWVE01ZXJxUT09
Meeting ID: 394 784 743
Password: 841850

If you have missed some or all of our LunchTime for All Ages meet-ups, you can still participate – on your own time, at your own pace, in your own place. It’s all on the “Virtual RE” page of the FPL website! (https://www.fplincoln.org/virtual-re/)

Weekly Grace – Let’s change it up a bit… let’s do some nighttime prayers this summer! Guess where you can see and anthology of “Weekly Grace” offerings? That’s right… “Virtual RE”!!!

A Prayer for Bedtime – the first week (keep it simple)
I see the moon
And the moon sees me
God bless the moon
And God bless me

This is an old standard and one that I just love! It’s simple and sweet and… I love the moon!

As much as the moon changes each night, it’s path, position, and posture are predictable. On nights when it’s cloudy or stormy, it’s hard to see the moon. And, depending on it’s placement, sometimes we see the moon during the day! If you’d like to take it a step further…

See what the moon will be up to, here’s a website that shows the Phases of the Moon…
https://www.almanac.com/astronomy/moon/calendar#

Make a practice of noticing the moon on your own, here are some charts you can fill in…
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:moon%20phases%20calendar
(Parents, grandparents – some nice moon activities here!)

Genesis 1:14-19
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

Here is a Mi’kmaq tale about the moon http://www.native-languages.org/mikmaqstory3.htm from a list of Native American moon stories found here http://www.native-languages.org/legends-moon.htm.

Parents and grandparents, learning a story and then telling it – as our ancestors once did – is impactful for children. When she was little, at bedtime, Emma would ask for a story, “…from your mouth” more often than asking to have a book read to her. There is something that touches us deeply when we listen to the human voice, engage our minds in imagining the details, and sharpen our memories for “next time”.

If music is a way you like to engage, there is no end to moon themed songs… Priscilla Herdman is a wonderful folk singer for adults – and we have loved her children’s CDs. Here are two moon songs…
Howl at the Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x61-KXUZ6PI
The Moon and Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abEUETq_sCk

See you Sunday!
Margit

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