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[CWM] Holy Saturday: A Vigil of Remainder [2009-04-11]



Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
I said to my soul be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God.
... wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and love and hope are all in the waiting.


Call to Worship
One: In the midst of life, we are in death.
All: From whom can we seek help?
One: Our help comes in the waiting and watching, in the remainder of that which is left behind, in the silent stillness of the night, in the flicker of one solitary light.
All: Our help rises in the breath of God, in the Spirit left amongst us.

Hymn: "Stay With Me"

The Creation -- Genesis 1:1ff

Sung Response: "Blessed Quietness" (refrain)
    [which has the same tune as "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" -- "i am tired, i am weak, i am worn..."]

Deliverance from the Flood -- Genesis 7:17ff

Sung Response: "Blessed Quietness" (refrain)

The Liberation of God's People -- Exodus 14:10-31
    The "It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness" reminded me of Adelheid's reflections about wilderness and what is comfortable.
    I know the Exodus story, but I clearly haven't read it in some time because various lines stuck out at me:
    "The Egyptians you see today you will never see again."
    "God will fight for you; you need only to be still."
    "The cloud was there with the darkness."


Sung Response: "Blessed Quietness" (refrain)

Comfort for the Afflicted -- Isaiah 55:1-13
    I was struck by this from the opening: "Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend your money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?"

Sung Response: "Blessed Quietness" (refrain)

Life in the Midst of Death -- Ezekiel 37:1-14
    I was hearing this literally and was very weirded out, but in her reflection, Tiffany talked about it as speaking to a people who felt that they were dried up, cut off, without hope.

Sung Response: "Blessed Quietness" (refrain)

Waiting with the Spirit -- Romans 8:25-27

Sung Response: "Blessed Quietness" (refrain)

Our Reflections in Waiting
    Tiffany read something from Emilie Townes -- which in Googling is most of the first block paragraph from here ... "Pain, O Pain"

Prayers of the People
    Tiffany invited us to offer our prayers -- aloud or silently -- for the things that make us sad, reminding us as she often has Telynia and Leyalyn during Children's Time that it's okay to be sad and to cry, that God cries with us even when we can't see God crying.

Closing Hymn: "Faith Is Patience in the Night"

Benediction

***

When I showed up, I mentioned to Joy that I was feeling "churched-out."  I liked this service, though.  (Although I was a little thrown because I feel like when the idea of a Holy Saturday service was first floated, it was a lengthy Stations of the Cross sort of thing moving through the church and ending in a sanctuary which has been decked out for Easter.)

We sat in a circle around a round table (probably the CWM altar) draped in black cloth and with a tray of sand filled with white tealight candles.

The whole service lasted about 45 minutes.  Afterward, Leyalyn (age 3) commented in surprise that it was "short" (CWM services are usually about an hour and a half long).

And now, sleep.  Sunrise service tomorrow!
Tags: church: somerville: cambridge welcoming, holy week: holy saturday, people: church: joy, people: pastors: tiffany
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