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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

February 7, 2014


Many years ago, when I took photos, I would get them developed at the corner Drugstore and then put the photos in an album or desk drawer.

It wasn’t a perfect system, but the photos, if they were found, COULD be touched and passed around and remembered.

But we’re digital now. Digital means that we have half a dozen places to store our photos.

Recently I discovered my photos from Thailand of a year ago. I had downloaded them onto my iPad Mini. There they were: photos of all sorts of temples and carvings from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

One set in particular delighted me then and still does. It is the Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. I recall walking around this huge stone Buddhist Temple several times. I captured various images in the half-light of dusk. And I took more images using the artificial, though quite effective, electric lighting, which lit the Buddha’s at the top of each side.

Our Wednesday Evening Study Session at church is now exploring science and religion and how each has something to contribute to the other (none of this “Science is the enemy of the Bible” stuff for us).  In session #2 we will talk about “Wonder & Awe.” THAT is what religion is about… or it should be.

Indeed, ministry is about people-to-people things. Important things. Funerals, talking to couples about marriage, the nuts and bolts of ministry… that is what I am often involved in.

But “Wonder & Awe” are what it’s all about. “Wonder & Awe” brings us to religion. Those are the two words which had to have been going through my mind last year as I explored that Temple in Chiang Mai. “Wonder & Awe” are what I am seeking this June when I visit the great English cathedrals in Lincoln, York, Liverpool, Hereford, Gloucester and London. I am reminded that the every-day aspect of church work is accomplished with a healthy amount of “Wonder & Awe.”

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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