Portrait of Bashō by Hokusai, late 18th century, public domain On a journey, ill;my dream goes wanderingover withered fields. Haiku by the great Japanese poet, Bashō (1644-1694). (This one is thought to be his “death poem.”*)N It was a tradition among educated Japanese to write jisei (death poems). In some cases, the poems were actually written well in advance of death. In others, they were spontaneously written during the process of dying. In part, it seems they were a kind of courtesy, a final farewell. It was also thought that at the moment of death some insight – perhaps enlightenment – was achieved and could be shared. Philosophically the poems where in accord with Buddhist or Shinto beliefs. *The poem that is said to be Bashō’s death poem is actually not. Accord
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Hi! I wrote a Dr. Seuss inspired liturgy and a lot of folks want a copy of it. So, first, I didn't write the whole thing. I adapted, I wrote, I borrowed, I collaborated...all these things. But, I am responsible for pulling it all together into one worship! Haha! And I am responsible for making the language inclusive. And I am also responsible for sucking Paul Mitchell into this! So here it is: Call to Worship by Rev. Terri Jane Stewart The Spirit of Christ is filled with love! That rises in us like a peaceful dove.Life lived in God is full of grace!Filled with a love that gives us chase.Complete is God’s love that gives salvation!No barriers stop us from full liberation. Praise God, who restores our life together.Amen and amen, we sing forever! Opening Prayer adapted from Dr