April 2019: Broken, Yet Whole

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other.”
(Luciano De Crescenzo)

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson )

“Wholeness,” our worship theme for April, is related etymologically to both “health” and “holy.” Instinctively, we know that when we sense our wholeness, we feel deeply healthy, alive to the world, and connected to ultimate truth. 

At the same time, however, we can also sense that our brokenness, the moments of pain and heartbreak that come with loving and losing, supports our wholeness. The more we love and lose – and survive it, ready to love again – the more our wholeness is accomplished, and the more it radiates out from us, lending strength to all around us. 

This tension, this paradox, centers our worship experience this month, when we’ll: 

  • investigate Wholeness, Embodiment, and the notion of Resurrection April 7
  • explore the meaning of Palm Sunday with guest preacher Cliff Alburger April 14
  • celebrate a joyous multi-generational Easter Sunday April 21. 
  • honor Earth Day with Green Sanctuary April 28.

In the meantime, to get you started, here are a few questions to consider:

  1. In what space or place do you feel most whole? How often do you spend time there? 
  2. Who taught you that wholeness does not mean perfection? 
  3. Who helped you with the work of embracing brokenness, rather than trying to fix or hide it? How have you passed on that lesson? Does someone in your life need that lesson now?