Rest and Bread ("Ocean")
A CD was playing pre-service as per usual, and I had a moment of thinking it was Handel's Messiah
, but I thought I was just imagining connections as I often do when I hear music, but then I heard "despiséd" and realized that yes, it really was. I was surprised that they had chosen that bit.
In the Welcome, Laura Ruth said "we like sheep have wandered here."
The Psalm was Psalm 93.
The Sacred Text was an actual Bible passage -- Matthew 14:22-33.
Listening to it, what I was struck by was that Peter asks Jesus to command him to walk on the water. And then asks Jesus to save him as he begins to sink. What a model for discipleship: "Lord command me.... Lord save me...."
In her Reflection, Laura Ruth talked about how in many traditions (e.g., Jain, Sikh, Islam) crossing water is indicative of enlightenment... to have crossed the water and not died one has wisdom &etc. She said she thinks by stepping out into the (metaphorical) water, taking risks, we learn what our gifts are; and she talked about the importance of community (who lift us up when we begin to sink).
I stayed after to offer Laura Ruth two corrections (one from the service, one from the bulletin).
She said something about being glad I keep attending this service. I said I had noticed with some bemusement that I was the only person (besides her) who had been at every single service since I started coming and I don't even go to this church. She asked if that was usual for me and I said yeah, actually.
We sat outside in the gentle sun, eating the leftover communion bread
(we do intinction with a loaf you tear -- like at CWM), and sometimes dipping it into the leftover grape juice.
I chatted with Althea and Jeanna (sp?). For my reference: The guy who's been doing the service with Laura Ruth is Michael, the bigger dark-haired guy was Peter, the slender blond guy was Jason, the woman I think I've seen before was Jenny.
I walked with them to Davis T Station (Holland St. side) and then began to walk home, whereupon I soon bumped into Jason W. :)