Centering Within and Around Us

Art by Susan Podebradsky

In our annual service about meditation and mindfulness, we’ll practice finding our “center” within us and around us, wherever we are. This service will include guided and silent meditation, and the meditative art practices of spiral-drawing while listening and neurographic art as a way of finding clarity.

Susan Podebradsky is a member of our JRUUC and leads the Wednesday Meditation Group on Zoom each week. She also loves to create meditative art like the drawing on this page.

[Sorry, no recording made for this service due to technical difficulties.]

Share the Plate

  • Our Share the Plate for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 will go to Yahara House, a community mental health program that focuses on recovery through social connection, meaningful activity, and reintroduction to community employment. This collection is in honor of Eric Lindblom who was a member of our community and lived with schizophrenia. 

Order of Service 1/1/23 JRUUC

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  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “The Gift of Love,” English melody, Hal H. Hopson, Arranged by John Carter
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music: Hymn #19 “‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple,” 
  • Time for All Ages: “Snowman Meditation”
  • Shared Music: Hymn #1009 “Meditation on Breathing,” by Sarah Dan Jones
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: Spiral Drawing Meditation based on Lynda Barry’s Teachings
  • Reflection: “Rounding Off the Sharp Places” with Susan Podebradsky
  • Offering: “On Wings of Song” F. Mendelssohn
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music: Hymn #1031 “Filled with Loving Kindness” by Ian Riddell
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction

This week’s news summary and announcements

For Further Exploration…

Lynda Barry and spiral-drawing – More about Lynda Barry

Neurographic art / Neurographica

Zentangle (meditative art)