By Gina Gaudet
Autumn draws our attention to thoughts around harvest. All those
little seeds planted in the spring have brought forth the
fullness of their potential. I am reminded of the saying, “It is
not about the number of seeds in the apple, but the number of
apples in the seed.” Nature brings us many spiritual lessons
about our potential and the need to live in consciousness of the
greater visions of our place in the universe. And of each other!
Last Sunday we heard two stories: First, we spoke of the story
of Jonah, called by God to prophesize to the Ninevites of their
imminent destruction unless they repented of their evil ways.
Jonah’s personal hatred of Ninevites left him incapable of
rejoicing when the city repented and returned to God. Instead,
he planted himself outside the city to sulk, wishing himself
dead. God’s reaction was meant to lift him to a broader, more
compassionate consciousness, void
The second story was a parable that Jesus told of a landowner
who, throughout the day, hired people to work in his vineyard.
Some of the workers toiled all day; others were hired for an
hour or two. Yet all laborers were paid the same amount at the
end of the day. Of course, this can make all of us who work for
a living uncomfortable. Many parables begin with these words:
“The kingdom of heaven is like” Like the story of Jonah, this
parable is meant to lift our thoughts to a wider, more loving
place, with no judgment, just love. Loving someone can be like
cutting open an apple to see what’s inside. We can either say
simply, “The apple has five seeds” or we can wonder how many
apples are in each seed. This is the higher way, the seeing of
the heart and its potential. It is what the Kingdom of Heaven is
Saturday, October 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m.: Youth Philosopher’s Café.
For youth aged 15-20. An evening of thought-provoking
conversation, homemade baked goods, hot beverages and
Sunday, October 15, 1–2:30 p.m.: Healing Touch with Gina Gaudet.
Take a break from the daily rush and experience true, deep
relaxation and peace.
You can sign-up at the church or by emailing Gina at
firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Saturday, October 21, 7 p.m.: Power of Music with Roy Orbison
and Friends, “Black and White Night.” Light refreshments will be
available during the video presentation.
Tuesday, October 24, 10:30–11:30 a.m.: Exalted Sublime Golden
Light with Bev Mar. A Buddhist Sutra read by interfaith minister
Bev Mar, followed by meditation and ending with a small walking
labyrinth. Those interested can email Bev at email@example.com.
Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m.: Trinity Chamber Series: Kathy
Swenson Pipe Organ Concert.