Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County

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A Word from Minister Rev. Mark Hayes

 A Word from the Minister Rev. Mark Hayes

There are many ways to be involved and engaged in a spiritual community, beyond Sunday worship. But there is something to be said for participating in the one weekly event which brings most of us together at one time in one place. In that spirit, I share the following story from an unknown author:

A member of the church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. Finally the pastor stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I’ll be back in church next Sunday.”

Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.

See you in church,








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