Last Sunday, we made a good start to our three-week excursion into the spirituality of worship, led by Professor Jennifer Davidson from ABSW. It was good to hear Jennifer preach on “Same Road, Different Journey,” based on the Luke 24:13-32 (the “Emmaus Road” story,) challenging us to take the old story and make it live in our worship. Then, in Adult Spiritual Formation, we began to wrestle with such questions as what it means for us to “practice the presence of God,” and what we bring to worship as well as take from it. Following contemporary French Catholic liturgy scholars, Jean-Luc Marion and Louis-Marie Chauvet, we began an exploration of the difference between an icon and an idol in our worship experience. An icon leads us to fleeting moments of grace and invites us to gaze beyond its obvious symbolism to a God who is the “More”; an idol tends to fix us in the moment and distract from our worship of a living God. Icons and idols can both be physical objects but they can also be patterns and beliefs around which we grow or stagnate.
The next two Sundays we will not be worshiping in the traditional mode with which we are familiar. Consider these Sundays as sort of mini-retreats, in which you are invited and encouraged to be present from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Jennifer will be leading us in some new and exciting ways to approach worship that will be beneficial to you as a worshiper and to us as a worshiping community. Childcare will be provided for younger children, but youth will join with the adults. There will definitely be elements of worship in the experience, including communion this Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share with a skilled leader – and with one another – in deepening our understanding and practice of worship, which is such a vital element to our mission as a church.
See you Sunday morning at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary for worship, sharing and learning. Bring a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor (or three!) to join us. Strangers are welcome, too!
May God bless us and keep us on the way,