May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.
May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire…
May you come to know the work
Which emerges from the mind of love
Will have beauty and form.
May this new work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thought.
May your work assume
A proper place in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
May it challenge and refine you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.
From "To Bless the Space Between Us" by John O’Donohue
A wise colleague suggested I take time during my first day at Michael Servetus Unitarian Society to sit in the sanctuary, light the chalice, and ground myself in the history and spirit of this place. I imagined the sanctuary in its prior locations down the road and on top of the current building. I imagined the services, speakers, music, weddings, memorial services, plays, and child dedications. So much has happened over fifty years of assembling as a Unitarian Universalist community. We have a strong history to build on.
The text above is part of the blessing I read and reflected on my first day. I see this as a call for my own ministry as well as yours. I’m humbled to join all of you in the joyful work ahead of us. I come ready to engage in all of the dimensions of Michael Servetus Unitarian Society from religious education across the life span to leading worship, engaging in social justice, creating supportive volunteer systems, and facilitating life passages that honor both joys and sorrows.
You have chosen to invest in a full time minster. That is a remarkable act of commitment and hope. May I be worthy of your trust and vision. I will begin leading services the last two weeks in August and will be inviting congregants to Hopes and History small group gatherings in the fall. I look forward to getting to know all of you and leading this small and mighty congregation into the future.
Rev. Laura Smidzik