Questions to Ask Yourself as You Enter the New Year

Do you ever wonder what a minister is thinking about to prepare for their each week's worship service? In the weeks ahead I will be sharing a bit of my process and questions as I get ready to help facilitate an authentic conversation with our faith community.

This is the first of a series I will be posting in the weeks ahead.

This week I have been pondering what might be helpful for us as we get ready to enter 2015 both individually and as a faith community.

Wellspring has moved to a New Location and a New Time!

During our time at the Cathedral of St. Paul we have learned many things about ourselves and about worship.  Transitioning from sunlight to candle light worship time was a big adjustment.  We learned to draw our energy from the divine spark within us as we worshipped and lit our candles.  The hospitality, generosity and flexibility from the people of St. Paul have blessed us many times over.  

After using the Thoreau Center for our 20th Worship Celebration this fall we began to explore the possibilities of moving back to a morning worship time.  After conversations with the owners of the Thoreau Center we  began our first Sunday of worship at our new location on November 30 at 10:00 a.m.  3500 Kingman Blvd. DSM. 

We have come full circle as a community.  We are returning to a space we rented in our first 5 years of Wellspring.  We have grown in number and depth and the Thoreau Center has experienced a transition also.  The current owners have refinished the beautiful hardware floors, painted and remodeled the inside.  Our new location is easy to find, just off the 31st street exit on I235.  Travel north to Kingman Blvd.  turn west to 35th street.  There is plenty of parking on Kingman Blvd, and on the east side of 35th street on Sundays.  

Come and visit us if you are curious, interested or inquiring about participating in a progressive Christian community of faith. 

New Location for Wellspring Community Church:   3500 Kingman Blvd.   New Worship Time:  10:00 a.m. Sundays

New Location for Wellspring Community Church:   3500 Kingman Blvd.   New Worship Time:  10:00 a.m. Sundays

Creation Narrative

I created this video for Wellspring after my trip out west this summer.  I practically lived outside for four weeks, between writing, leading a retreat for Wellspring, and then going on vacation for two weeks.  I hiked, rafted, and drank coffee, ate breakfast, lunch and dinner outside.  

This summer the elements were constantly surrounding me and  reminding me of all of the energy of creation.  The energy of Wind, Water, Earth and Fire reminds us that we are small, yet connected to something greater than ourselves.  The mountains call me to be born into a deep and pervasive goodness that is greater than myself.   It make sense that people who spoke the narratives of creation lived close to the elements.  These words were not inspired by climate controlled environments but they were poetry and connections made to God through the elements of the earth that framed the context of their world and its connections to God and the realities of their lives.

Perhaps at Wellspring we can continue to reframe the possibilities of the Ancient Words spoken that at one time provided hope and transformation (rebirth) to a people who dreamed of justice under the vast expanse of sky and earth.    Naomi