By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.


Still Life Movie Night

The next home movie night is coming up on Friday, October 26. Join Pastor Jan for a viewing of Still Life and short discussion afterwards. Because of the adult nature of the film, if an older child is interested in coming, let’s talk beforehand.

Shared dinner begins at 6 PM. RSVP by Monday, October 22. Meal assignment email will be sent out on Wednesday, October 24.

A poem on time by Marie Howe

“Real time is true;
redundancy that’s happening now.
Remember those swaths of time between high holy seasons:
Ordinary time.
Nothing dramatic is happening;
this is where we’re living.”

Registration is Open Now for the Men's Retreat

Calling all men of Abbey Way. It is time to register for this year’s Men’s Retreat at the St. John’s Guest House scheduled for November 30-December 1. The retreat will begin at 5 PM on Friday and then be finished at 9 AM Sunday in time to be back for worship at Abbey Way on Sunday. Friday evening dinner is included.

Register online by November 1st. (Please note: Retreat fees are considered payment for service and are not tax deductible.)

Any questions ask Brenton or Bob.