Sunday, June 22, 2008
Waiting at Table
Well, readers, today was the day I presided over the Eucharist for the first time, in the absence of our pastor.
Unlike preaching, a task that normally causes me some major anxiety both in terms of preparation and execution, I was remarkably calm during this portion of the worship service; by God's grace I was able to get out of my own way and enter, first into the ancient rhythm of the liturgy, and then into the eyes of my fellow parishoners -- some of whom come to the altar burdened in heart-rending ways -- as they came up with outstretched hands. What a gift to be able to offer one another when we are weak; hurting; seeking; sad.
I was smiling all the way home.
Posted by LutheranChik at 12:46 PM