Here, the Spirit. Hear the Spirit.
What are you waiting for?
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
Rio Rancho, New Mexico


Showers renew the earth, and the soul.

Showers renew the earth, and the soul.

Rain can make us sing.

Rain can make us sing.

Rain can make us sad.

Rain can make us sad.

Sometimes it's hard to find our way.

Sometimes it's hard to find our way.

We need time to pause and reflect.

We need time to pause and reflect.
Come to a Gathering this Sunday,
August 7, at 9:00 am.

No matter the weather, it's always the season for renewal. We ponder questions, meditate, share and sing. Join us for a splash of adventure.

St. Paul's United Church of Christ

An Open and Affirming Congregation

2701 The American Road SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
505-898-7026

http://stpaulsuccrr.org/

Coming from the South on Coors Bypass, turn right just before SAMS Club, go to stop sign and turn left onto Cottonwood Rd. At the intersection with Alameda Blvd, continue straight to the first left (a short block). Turn left on American Rd and turn right at St. Paul's United Church of Christ driveway. (across from MB Transmissions)

Coming from the East or Coors Blvd, take Alameda Blvd west to the traffic light at Cottonwood Rd. (Charter Bank on NW corner). Turn right on Cottonwood for 1 short block to the first left turn. Turn left on American Rd and turn right at St. Paul's United Church of Christ driveway.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sometimes you need to take a good look at yourself.

Especially in the windy month of March. 31 days of bad hair. The wind-blown look always looks better on other people. Me, I'm a hat person.

What happens when the wind of the Spirit blows my way? Do I remove my hat and dare to let the Spirit rearrange me? If I play it safe, will the Spirit just knock my hat off anyway?

What happens at this "gathering" thing we do at St. Paul's every first Sunday of the month? Is it like a wind-tunnel as the Spirit moves among and within us? I'd say the effect is much calmer than that. But we do make time to rest in the quiet, to allow for the rustle of that still, small voice.

In the silence of our hearts, the Spirit may hold up a mirror for us. Not to scare us with. Not to hit us over the head with. It is an invitation to come closer for a focused view of ourselves. An opportunity to see details that we too often overlook.

It is safe to approach the mirror because we know that we are made in God's image, even though our lives could use a make-over now and then. Maybe it's time for a new hat.

Sandra Chapin

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