November 6, 2018
For your prayer and reflection this week, words from Jesuit priest Pedro Arrupe,
Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
Last night I went to the opening show of Godspell! at Brandeis. It was amazing! I highly recommend seeing a show this weekend. It was very well done. The show is open to the general public. More info is below (or at this website), and tickets are available at the door.
On Sunday, please do come to 50 Church St. in Waltham at 5pm for our LGBT Asylum service. At the service, LGBT Asylum seekers who are receiving support from the LGBT Asylum Task Force in Worcester will share their stories, which are heartbreaking, but powerfully full of courage and hope.
As we get ready for next week's holiday, may we remember to be grateful for all the people, communities, and experiences who have shaped us into who we are, and who continue to give us life, peace, and joy. When we slow down from our hurried pace, there is much to be thankful for!
With you today in giving thanks and celebrating the sacred gift of this life,
Thursday, Nov 15-Sunday, Nov 18
Shapiro Campus Center Theater, Brandeis University
The Brandeis Undergraduate Theater Collective presents Godspell! With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Performances are Thursday Nov 15 @ 8pm, Friday Nov 16 @ 8pm, Saturday Nov 17 @ 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday Nov 18 @ 2pm in the SCC Theater.
LGBT Asylum Service
Sunday, November 18th at 5pm
50 Church St., Waltham
On November 18th, we look forward to welcoming persons from the LGBT Asylum in Worcester. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Asylum Task Force is a ministry of Hadwen Park Church and a community-based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBTQI individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States. Come and hear stories from asylum seekers, about the good work being done by the LGBT Asylum Task Force, and how we can be supportive.
Initiating Inspiration Book Club
Monday, November 26th 7:15pm
Waltham Public Library
Agape, in partnership with the Waltham Public Library, is leading a book club focused on inspirational, empowering, and spiritual readings. This group meets every other month. The next book is "Boy Erased" by Garrard Conley. All are welcome whether you've read the book or not. Please reach out to the Library for book availability. For more information click here.
Advent Dinner Church
Sunday, December 2nd at 5pm
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453
Agape Christmas Carols and Service at Eliot Church Newton
Sunday, December 9th at 5pm
at the Eliot Church of Newton
474 Centre St.
Newton, MA 02458
An Introduction to Love Small Group
At 50 Church St., Waltham
This small group will be centered around the book "Love: A Guide for Prayer" by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Sister Marie Schwan. Our small group will be a chance to dive deeply into spiritual practices, scripture, and individual reflection on our faith, while also meeting regularly for support, sharing, and prayer.
If you would like to make a love donation to support the unfoldment of Agape's vision in the world of living and spreading unconditional love, you can do so at the link below, or checks can be made out to "MACUCC" with "Agape" in the memo line (and mailed to 106 Stearns Hill Rd., Waltham, MA 02451).