This week's RevGalBlogPals Friday Five asks us what keeps us going during, particularly for those of us with special responsibilities "front and center" or elsewhere in church during Holy Week. I am getting ready to head out of town for a rather spontaneous up-north getaway day -- hey, maybe that will answer one of the questions! -- so I will be very brief!
1. What restores you physically?
Being in the out-of-doors; and going to the gym (even though we've been terrible with this lately.
2. What strengthens you emotionally/ mentally?
Learning; networking with like minds; getting away from home every once in awhile.
3. What encourages you spiritually?
The Daily Office, or variations thereof, grounds me in a way that's hard to explain. You just have to do it.
4. Share a favourite poem or piece of music from the coming week.
"O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" is I think my favorite Holy Week hymn. (If I weren't sitting here half in my skivvies trying to hurry I'd go on YouTube and find a good recording of it.)
5.There may be many services for you to attend/ lead over the next week, which one are you most looking forward to and why? If there aren't do you have a favourite day in Holy week if so which one is it?
Our church's unconventional Maundy Thursday supper -- we have integrated the liturgy and Eucharist into a stew supper -- grows on me a little every year; I think not so much for me personally but because I see other people derive benefit from it -- I think it helps the Eucharist really come alive for some of our members. And one of the themes of Maundy Thursday I find meaningful is that of community; it's moving to me to read the texts where Jesus talks to his disciples as intimate friends.
We're off to Cadillac -- just because we can be -- this morning. See you tomorrow evening!