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           Adult Sunday School 9:00am              
Worship Service 10:15 am

Becoming More Alive! This Week's Action Plan:

             Ponder the poem below, “Lent: The Mind’s Extremity”

by Rosamond Rosenmeier.

          How are you facing Lent this year? 

                         To what new places is God taking you?


Lent: The Mind’s Extremity

Into this late winter time
Lent erupts its Wednesday ash;
black dust darkens our sky.
Return. Return.
We follow the lightless fire
down to a place
beyond the mind’s extremity.

Lent leads us down to buried time,
down the mountain
onto fenceless plain,
a dry savanna where all demons wait.
Lent’s unwilled free-fall
plummets us through remorse
and clotted dreams,
into the scarred haunts of hurt,
blame, damage, loss.
We are released into ourselves, alone.

Lent returns us into depths 
deeper than the dead are deep
where we come into openness: two crows
on the bare branch of a single tree —
black carrion birds,
guardians of a slate gray sky.

A cold lightning arcs down
into silence and dim light.
Moment by fearful moment
its sharp pulse flashes
in terror and prayer to the breath’s end —
in dust we are returned
to the place where no secrete are hid. 

Here the Spirit’s slow alchemy
melts every easy expectation,
and a final expanse opens
its felt presence
to the edge of visibility.
We are returned to the rim
to look outward toward the cusp
of a new place.

—Ms. Rosamond Rosenmeier

Geitz, Elizabeth Rankin, Marjorie A. Burke, Ann Smith eds. Womens’ Uncommon Prayers. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2000. 292.

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The Adult Sunday School will continue to study from the book "We Make the Road by Walking" by Brian McLaren 



 Canby United Methodist Church
 1520 North Holly Street
 Canby, Oregon 97013
 Phone 503-263-6419 Fax 503-266-8103

Church office hours: 
Monday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Pastor Karen Shimer
Administrative Assistant - Michelle Melton


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