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Pastor Susan's Notes

The Big Event everyone is talking about is the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 – where the moon will completely cover the sun. Everyone in North America will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. The moon will slowly begin to cover the sun, dangerous to view without special eclipse “solar viewing” glasses. If you are lucky enough to be in the “path of totality” you’ll catch a total eclipse, but not for long (a tad over a minute). The moon keeps moving and slivers of sun will be dangerous to view again. What’s it like? Photo and quote from the website: http://eclipse.illinois.edu/2017eclipse.html …Quietly, calmly, and almost instantaneously the Sun is swallowed by the Moon. Boom, it is totality! It hits you suddenly, even though you were expecting it. A marvel of nature: a perfectly dark disk outlined with the outstanding corona (which is best viewed by the naked eye - it's safe now and as bright as a full Moon) shines in your eyes. An eerie quiet covers the landscape, birds and other animals seem confused and quiet down to rest. Light breezes stop. The temperature drops by 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. A closer look at the Sun may reveal little wisps of red, which are solar prominences, giant clouds of hot gas and plasma. This is it. What we have been preparing for. A special moment of calm and of beauty. You stand in the shadow of the Moon!

This month’s total solar eclipse will be an event where God’s astonishing creation will, once again, amaze us. My prayer is: not just on one day, but everyday, we and our children and youth, will be amazed by a different kind of ‘sun’…GOD’S SON, Jesus. I pray we can experience ‘calm and beauty’ in a whole new way. No special glasses required.

I’ll see you in church! Pastor Susan

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