This weekend, I had the magnificent opportunity to co-facilitate the annual Women’s retreat for First Congregational Church of Oshkosh. Along with Dr. Jennifer Norden (Affinity Medical), I led 50-some women on a journey toward “Embracing Joy”. As my introvert recovers from these magnificent days of activity, I share with you a poem I wrote many years ago that spoke of a vision of “new church.” In co-facilitating the closing liturty with Dr. Norden and Pastor Carol DiBiasio-Snyder, I saw this vision of church realized:
A New Church
I have a vision, a Church renewed, I see.
A Church of God in persons three.
At the head is the Spirit, empowering us here.
To Jesus’ teachings – we hold them dear.
The Creator, no longer “Father of Might”
But… ‘tis the source from whom the breath of life flows and is present in all forms of vibrations and light!
Step one, we believe we are all made of love.
Step two, we are one – God within, not above.
We share in the abundance of creation, that’s true.
All that’s mine, also yours, those who lack, but a few.
Faith defined not by creed,
But by the extent to which we believe,
In steps one and two, so as not to deceive –
God made us in love.
God within, not above.
Jesus the example of the truth of this love.
A fully realized human, embodies what’s true.
Jesus’ life an example of what we’re to do.
Heal the sick, feed the hungry,
Preach, teach and pray .
Attuned to the Spirit, bringing her will forth today.
For us to find wholeness without and within,
To return to the Creator, again and again.
copyright Lauri Lumby Schmidt