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

[Doubting Thomas the Believer Sunday] joy sadhana

Following up on Wednesday, Jeff M. preached this morning. He mentioned that while we in the West talk about "Doubting Thomas," in the Eastern Church he is "Saint Thomas the Believer."

Our opening hymn was #253, so I noticed #254 on the facing page, whose first verse is: "These things did Thomas count as real: the warmth of blood, the chill of steel, The grain of wood, the heft of stone, the last frail twitch of flesh and bone." I don't much like most of the rest of the hymn ("These Things Did Thomas Count," Thomas H. Troeger) but I do like that opening verse.

Our Unison Prayer of Confession:
Holy Jesus,
We thought we had lost you
But you broke open your tomb in victory.
It fills our hearts with joy
When we are able to see it.

Forgive us, God, that the truth of Easter is so hard to accept.

We confess, Jesus that we sometimes doubt resurrection.
We see the wounds of the world and despair.
We forget that your resurrected body still bore the marks of the cross.

We confess, Jesus, that when we doubt, we feel lost.
We turn our faces away from you in shame and lock the door out of fear.
We forget that doubt is an invitation to touch you more deeply.

Forgive us, God, that it takes so much convincing for us to hope.

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will rule over all." (The Gospel of Thomas 2:1-4)

Good things about today:
  • morning church
    • I didn't really want to get out of bed after ~7.5hrs of sleep, and (unsurprisingly) Matt M. was the only other person at pre-worship Bible study and (which I sort of forget sometimes) Matt M. and I have v. different theology, but I was glad I went, for Jeff M's Ancient Greek &c learnings:
      Matthew 26:6-13
      • Jesus (who is poor) is with the disciples (ditto) in the house of a leper in Bethany (which name literally means "House of the poor").
      • The woman is not just preparing Jesus' body for burial ... Christ means "Anointed," she is anointing him, making him the Christ in this moment ... which says a lot about what kind of Messiah he is, given all the context of that moment (the death he was to die, etc.).
      • "was at" [as in, "Jesus was at Bethany..."] is more accurately "became" or "was created" or "was born"
      • "The poor you will always have with you" echoes Deuteronomy 15:11 ("There will always be those among us in the world who are in need, so I require of you that you be always generous with the poor and needy in your land." -The Inclusive Bible) ... which chapter is all about the jubilee year
      • Also re: "The poor you will always have with you" ... "will have" is a future imperative, so it's arguably more accurately, "You must always be with the poor" -- which is a very different missional framing.
    • Between Bible study and service, I chatted with FCS-Ian -- whom I hadn't seen since last Sunday (the weirdness of which was lessened by the fact that I'd already done the, "It's Wednesday evening and I'm setting foot in the church building for the first time since Sunday") and he said he'd meant to email me (but we both know how unlikely his follow-through is on stuff like that, so he was just going to tell me now) thank you for doing morning prayer with him the last couple years ... that he enjoyed having someone else there.
    • Back in October, Molly emailed us to let us know that Ian H. (our Support Pastor during her medical leave) had received a Call to Swampscott and would be ordained on April 22. I assumed the ordination would be at Swampscott, so while I put it on my calendar, I had basically no expectation of attending. This morning it was announced that his ordination will be at 3pm at Old South. So I'm going.
    • During Coffee Hour, I sat with Jamie and Harold. I kinda wanted to go hug e.g. Heather E., Gianna, ... (I didn't get to hug Maria, but I did hug Mike R. during the Passing of the Peace -- he said he'd hugged me in his dreams last night; it's what we do :) ) but staying at the table did mean I got to hear, e.g. about the Gospel of Peter, wherein apparently the Cross talks (making it way weirder than e.g. the Infancy Gospel).
  • Scott turned 5x5 today ... and purposely scheduled his needful ~week-long visit out here to coincide with his birthday, because he would rather spend it with us than in Chicago :)
    • Scott's visits are usually ~2days, so I usually barely see him (and he's usually fried), but this is a longer visit, so I get to see him multiple times (and, bonus, he's not fried) -- it's weird and exciting :)
    • I arrived at Clover for Scott's birthday lunch ~1:05pm, but I saw him, Sonia, and Zac arriving just as I did, so effectively I was right on time.
    • Zac brought a variant on Set, which I had zero excitement about (having a strong prior that it would be too math/comp-sci/puzzle whatever for me) but I ended up watching at one point and absorbed sufficient that I half-understood how it worked and even got a set.
    • Scott liked my [beaded phoenix] t-shirt and Zac liked my necklace.
  • I wasn't optimistic about today's PIC meeting at all, but we had SUCH a productive meeting \o/
  • evening church
    • LT's mom was at CWM tonight, and in the memo line on the check, she wrote: "God Bless the Ministry"
    • Before the last hymn, Cassandra spoke up and said we could swap in "Christ('s)" for "him"/"his" and "God" or "Love" for "Lord" -- which I really appreciated, because I hadn't looked at the words for that hymn but I knew from the service thus far that changes we might make hadn't been printed in the bulletin. I was also grateful for ~conversation with her after service about being on the same page about some things.
  • Julia didn't drive me home, so I had plenty of time tonight to do stuff and still get to bed at a reasonable time (we tend to sit and talk for AGES).
  • Housemate washed dishes, so I was able to wash my dishes without having to empty the dish drainer AND the sink.
  • I opted not to bike to PIC because I'd never been to Old West (walking from Charles/MGH, it was a direct route on Cambridge St., and as I walked I -- I've come from Park St., but...) and once I got off the bike path the directions required a variety of streets and I suspected traffic would feel dangerous ... but I bicycled everywhere else today (including stopping in at the office between morning church and lunch to get some Internet time in) and oh, places feel so much more quickly/easily accessible (I am glad I am riding my bicycle again).
Things I did well today:
  • fwd'ed event announcements to the FCS listserv
  • emailed offbalance and antheia about NYC visit
  • helped lead worship at CWM tonight, including reading That Piece of our Communion liturgy without snickering (I could feel Cassandra from across the room, so I didn't look up at all)
  • dishes
Things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
  • likely Scott appearances
  • confirming Tuesday night plans?
  • supper with Roza
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