Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

Rest and Bread ("Garden")

I went to the Rest and Bread service tonight (which, N.B., is actually in the chapel on the side of the church... the front doors are locked).  I was expecting something more like the Taize-ish service at Emmanuel Lutheran, which is lots of quietness and chanting and stuff, but this was actually a mini-service: reading, reflection, prayers, Passing of the Peace, Communion, and closing.  Which was fine.

I got there early, so I got to sit quietly listening to the music for a while.  (I was really not prayerful at all, but I know when I make this more of a habit I get better at it.)

The hymnals were The New Century Hymnal, which CHPC uses.


Call to Worship
    [One] How lovely is your dwelling place, O God of hosts!
    [People] My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of God; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Psalm 92 (in the hymnal, but we only recited it, didn't sing it)

The "Sacred Text" was Mary Oliver's "Thirst."
    [One] Hear what the spirit is saying to the church.
    [All] Thanks be to God.

I was surprised to hear Mary Oliver saying "God" and even "Lord;" I think of her as someone who loves nature very much but I don't think of her as believing in a Divinity beyond maybe some pantheistic idea.

Laura Ruth did a brief reflection... she talked about the line "Love for the earth and love for you [God] are having such a long conversation in my heart" and the idea of everything we have being "on loan" (her father-in-law has that carved in Dutch into a big rock in his front garden)

      Petitions for the world, those we love, and ourselves.
          [Sung response: God have mercy.]
      Gratitude for our loves, gifts of God, and each other.
          [Sung response: Thanks be to God.]

      [One] We have wounded your love.
      [All] O God, heal us.
      [One] We stumble in the darkness.
      [All] We forget that we are in your house.
      [One] Spirit of God, dwell in us.

Assurance of Grace
Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads.  And I will give you rest.  Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest; for the yoke I will give you is easy and the load I will put on you is light.
Passing of the Peace

    They had a small loaf of bread and a small cup (more like a bowl) of grape juice, and said "This is the bread of life.  And the blood of the new covenant."  And you tore off a piece of bread and dipped it in the juice and ate it and then turned and gave it to your neighbor.

Closing Hymn: "Abide with me."

Blessing & Benediction


At the end, Laura Ruth said that Keith had helped design the service but was leaving for about a month so if anyone was interested in helping please be in touch.  I was talking to them afterward (I helped myself to some "surplus Jesus") and said my instinct was to be like, "What would that entail..." even though do I really need to be involved in a fourth church?  I said I'd see them at the Pride service on Sunday and that I'd agreed to do one of the readings (I was talking about the different churches I'm involved in, and Laura Ruth said she was doing the music with Tallessyn for the Pride Service this Sunday).  I said that the biggest thing I wanted to do with this (Rest and Bread) service was to make it clearer... both writing in the bulletin and also in the stuff the leader says aloud... so especially people who were new would more feel it flowing easily.  Laura Ruth was like super-open to this feedback, and I was all gleeful walking home.  (I remembered later that next Wednesday I was gonna maybe go to a candlelight vigil for GLBT victims of the Holocaust at 7:30pm out at City Hall Plaza next Wednesday, so now I'm undecided as to whether I'll be back next Wednesday -- though I definitely wanna go to future services.  Actually, since service is over by 7, I could just Red Line to Park and walk up to City Hall.  Yeah.  Good.)

Apparently the services have themes:
May 28 "Becoming"
June 4 "Garden"
June 11 "Gratitude"
June 18 "Ocean"
June 25 "Reverence"
Tags: church: somerville: ucc: rest and bread, people: pastors: laura ruth, planning ahead

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