May 1: ‘Blessed Be’

‘Blessing’ is our theme for May. “You must answer this question: What will you do with your gifts? Choose to bless the world,” writes Rebecca Ann Parker, minister and former president of the Starr King School for the Ministry. During the month of May, when we pass through the threshold of spring to summer, we consider what it means to bless and be blessed. In his sermon on this First Sunday service, May 1, at 10:30 a.m., David Horst, Minister, discusses the daily practice of blessing ourselves and others, and how the art of blessing can add health and wholeness to our lives in his sermon “Blessed Be.” We also introduce our Hymn of the Month, “Jazz Alleluia,” and participate in a hands-on project for adults and children. David; Robin Slaw, Director of Lifespan Faith Development; and Matt Anderson, Director of Music, lead the service. Matt debuts his new song, “The Blessing.” Robin’s story is “What Do You Say, Dear?” by Sesyle Joslin. Children in pre-K to grade 5 stay for the entire service; children and youth in grades 6/7 and 8/9 join us for the beginning of the service then depart for classes. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided until 1:30.

The monthly luncheon, hosted by the Youth Group, follows the morning programs and supports the Center for Food Action’s Weekend Snack Pack program. The requested donation is $10.Two Adult Faith Development programs — “Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators” and “Transcendentalism” — begin at noon.

Remember to bring nonperishable food donations for the monthly collection for the Center for Food Action.