Pastor’s Message – May 25, 2021

What Is Bringing Us Joy In May

Once a month, I enjoy sharing with you about my latest favorites in music, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts. One of my favorite questions to ask friends when we get together is, “What is bringing you joy lately?” I love hearing the variety of answers to this question! My hope is that in sharing what brought me joy will help you to reflect on what brought you joy.

Sing Street (movie): One of my all-time favorite movies, Once, was written and directed by an Irish filmmaker named John Carney. Sing Street is his second film and is a coming-of-age story of a 16-year old named Conor, who is a student at a Catholic school in Dublin. It is set in the 1980s, and Conor’s band’s music reflects that decade as they pursue their dream: to make a music video! It is sweet and uplifting.

House Lessons: Renovating a Life by Erica Bauermeister (book): I’m only 50 pages into this book and love it. It is a memoir whose title says it all: the author renovates a house with her family, and in the process the reflections are also about life renovations. Each chapter revolves around one part of the renovation process. The house and its details are some of the loveliest characters you’ll meet.

Old Church Basement by Maverick City Music and Elevation Worship (music): The title track includes the line, “It’s just an old hallelujah with a new melody.” This is perfect description of this gospel album: familiar lyrics from Scripture with fresh soundtracks. The album took me back to the music of my upbringing with an emphasis on the Holy Spirit’s movement.

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

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