Watch a few moments from our first Church of the Garden service on Solstice Sunday

A group of about 20 joined us for our first service.  Here are a few moments from this lovely gathering.

Thank you Angela Niles and Bobby Miller for bringing your gifts of music.  Thank you Barbara Brady for leading us in meditation.  You’ll get a glimpse of the community mandala that was begun by Martha Krieger on the Thursday before this service.  Martha led us in the dissolving of the mandala before our walking meditation.   We sang a bit, prayed a bit and connected to the Eternal Divine together.

Mandala

Join us every Sunday this summer until September 22, 2013 at OM Sanctuary for Church of the Garden.  If you’d like to participate in creating a Sunday Service or have any other inquiries contact us at ashevillechurchofthegarden@gmail.org.

Until then, listening for your own heart’s yearning.

MIchelle

Solstice Sunday Snapshot

Rev. Michelle K. Smith is the Coordinating Minister for Asheville Church of the Garden.  Through her practice, Asheville Celebrant, she offers personal ceremonies for life’s Big Moments at ashevillecelebrant.com

Church of the Garden begins with Sunday Solstice Service at OM Sanctuary

Late last summer I tentatively spoke aloud to a friend about the yearning I’ve had for a Sunday Service that I hadn’t quite found yet in Asheville.  Sunday Summer Solstice 2013

I wanted a service that was uplifting but restorative — rather quiet though not heavy or humorless.

I wanted a service that explored the symmetries between Ancient Wisdom and New Thought because uncovering such symmetries truly delights my spirit and my mind.

I wanted a service on Sundays that unapologetically draws meaning from the natural world, honors the land, water, air and all species as sacred, and grounds us in a sense of place here in the Blue Ridge.

And I wanted as service to flourish in a community of people who live their spiritual values in practical and loving actions as service.

That friend and another woman met with me through last fall as the days grew cooler and shorter to help me develop this idea.   We named it the Church of the Garden.

I’m really pretty amazed today to announce that the Church of the Garden will be brought to life this Solstice Sunday in the garden at OM Sanctuary as part of the Sacred Circles series.

Our focus will be the dissolution of the community sand mandala that will be created on Thursday, June 20 at Part I of OM Sanctuary’s Solstice Celebration followed by a Walking Meditation.

Sunday Service begins at 11 am.  You are invited to come as early as 10 am  and walk the Tranquility Trail in silence.  We’ll be called service with drums, flute, chant or some other sacred sound.

I’m pretty much beside myself with gratitude and delight at the prospect of this experience.  Do join us!