The roses had graced the kitchen table for more than a week.
On Sunday they became altar flowers.
In this time of physical social distancing
and with a householder in a high-risk category,
we opted to worship God at home.
Come, let’s sing out loud to the LORD!Psalm 91:1-2, Common English Version
Let’s raise a joyful shout to the rock of our salvation!
Let’s come … with thanks!
Lets shout songs of joy…!
There were plenty of options to watch worship.
But I opted to create something a bit more hands-on.
(It might have something to do with the ministerial training in me.)
- SINGING using a keyboard and the songbook Songs & Prayers from Taize;
- READING from a Bible, the Revised Common Lectionary passages for the day (can be found online at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library);
- PRAYING for others using an intercessory prayer from The New Century Hymnal;
- LISTENING and humming, and singing along to the “Lord of Light” CD by the St. Louis Jesuits (Bob Dufford, S.J.; John Foley, S.J.; Tim Manion; Roc O’Connor, S.J.; and Dan Schutte);
- and PRAYING as the Spirit led with paper and colored pencils.
But the time is coming–and is here!–John 4:23a, Common English Bible
when true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth.”
In ordinary times we gather on Sunday morning with other Christians.
For now, this works.
Be well, Friends.
Please wash your hands
and keep a physical distance from others.
And, if it’s in your spirituality, offer a prayer today for patients and their families,
for the the many, many people working to care for those who are sick,
for researchers and lab workers,
for decision makers,
and for everyone who’s regular routine has been upended.