May 1, 2016

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Vernal Equinox Ceremony March 19, 2016
With all the snow we've been experiencing, we will be so happy for spring this year. Intentionally expressing gratitude for all of the Earth is one way to show this happiness. We tend to forget to take time to do this as we go about our daily lives. You're invited to gather together with us for a time of peaceful thanksgiving for all of the precious life on this wonderful planet we live on. We'll be meeting at the Farmhouse at 7:00 pm and then walking together in silence to the center of the meadow where the fields, forest, and wide-open sky will surround us. Once there, per our tradition, we will be sharing the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address with time for silence both before and after the address. All, including children, are very welcome. Note: the actual Vernal Equinox occurs at 12:30 am, a few hours after our time together. For more information, questions, or to let us know you’ll be joining us, please contact Wendy Duke at wendy.duke@comcast.net.
Earth Vigil March 26, 2016
7:00pm to 8:30pm Outdoors on the land at Dayspring. " . . . hope is the hardest love we carry" (from the poem "Hope and Love" by Jane Hirshfield) In the midst of all that breaks our hearts in our world today, we come together, from different spiritual traditions, to keep watch, to sing and chant, to dance and pray, to walk in silence and devotion, as we keep a vigil for the healing of the human family and the healing of Earth. All ages are welcome. Gather at the farmhouse. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight for returning to your car. The vigil closes with the lighting of the Easter fire, followed by conversation and light refreshments. For more information: call Dayspring Earth Ministry 301 916-4827 or visit us at dayspringearthministry.org
Easter Sunrise Service March 27, 2016
Join the Church of the Saviour Ecumenical Community from 6:30 to 7:15 am at the Wellspring Center to Worship our risen Lord.
Easter Sunday Worship Service March 27, 2016
Worship, Egg Hunt, and Potluck 10:00am, at the Wellspring Conference Center

Join Us

Sunday Worship

9:45 am Gather in silence, 10 am service begins

Outside in the pavilion in the summer and in the old Farmhouse in the winter (with programs for children ages six and up)

School of Christian Living
Thursday evenings sessions in Spring and Fall

Noon Prayer (contemplative)
Weekdays at the Farmhouse 12 - 12:30

Centering Prayer
6:30 pm Monday at the Silent Retreat Lodge

Quiet Days, Weekend Silent Retreats, Individual Retreats
 Full schedule at dayspringretreat.org

Seasonal Celebrations, Walks on the Land, Tours
 See Earth Ministry website

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For Reflection

Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are.

Creator God, You have called us to be keepers of your Earth; through greed, we have created an economy that destroys the web of life. We have changed our climate and drown in despair. Let oceans of justice flow, may we learn to sustain and renew the life of our Mother Earth. We pray for our leaders, custodians of Mother Earth. May they negotiate with wisdom and fairness, may they act with compassion and courage, and lead us in the path of justice for the sake of our children and our children's children.

~ Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.