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

[CWM] The Final Sunday of Pentecost [2007-11-25]

Prelude and Silent Meditation:
"Without hero support there wouldn't be heroes." -Dave Foley as All American Boy in Sky High

Call to Worship:
One: Gather us, O God.
All: We who are not satisfied, but longing, not convinced, but trusting, and not certain but hoping.
One: Gather us, O God.
All: We who have hope for new scripts in old stories, for extraordinary acts from ordinary people, and for surprise endings and new beginnings.
One: Gather us, O God.
All: We who are called to seek justice and cultivate peace, to let go of resentment and nurture forgiveness, and to prepare the way for your kin-dom of love.

Opening Hymn: "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come"

Children's Time

Scripture: Luke 1:76-79
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before our God to prepare the ways, to give knowledge of salvation to God's people by the forgiveness of sins.  By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Special Music: "The Day Thou Gavest, Lord God, Is Ended"
Tallessyn said that there's this whole section in the hymnal for vespers, and few people worship in the evening so they like never get sung, but we do worship in the evening, which she thinks is a wonderful way to end a day, so while we don't sing "See the Morning Sun Ascending," we can sing these vesper hymns.
She gave us the hymn number if we wanted to sing along, and I noticed this change she had made in verse 4: "....thy throne love shall never, like earth's proud empires, pass away."

Reflection:
Tiffany said she doesn't like Ordinary Time, feels like she isn't going anywhere, the lectionary just roams through Jesus' life.  (In contrast, I grew up very Low Church, so I'm still assimilating to this whole liturgical calendar thing and find Seasons to be somewhat weird.  Though my church did do Advent, and I've posted before about how apparently I'm Very Attached to that as the way Advent Is Done. Edit: I don't think I had realized before that "Ordinary Time" is so named because of the ordinal numbers thing -- e.g., umpteenth Sunday After Pentecost... -- until someone mentioned it over dinner. /edit)
    She said the traditional lectionary passage for today, Christ the King Sunday, is the execution passage, with King of the Jews written above Jesus on his cross and one of the other crucifieds beseeching him "remember me when you come into your kingdom." (TextWeek.com tells me Luke 23:33-43)
    She talked about the various ways in which Christ the King Sunday is problematic and one she mentioned which I hadn't thought of, since I'd been considering the concept in a general way, but which fit with the lectionary passage, was the association of torture with triumph, of suffering with salvation.
    She said the lectionary legitimately offers the passage that we read as an alternative lectionary passage for today, that she didn't just open up the Bible and trust God to guide her to an appropriate passage.
    She talked about sidekicks and Sky High (which I've never seen, but which in her talking about it reminded me in some ways of Perry Moore's Hero) and how the lectionary passage is about John rather than, as one might think at first glance out of context, about Jesus.
    She said she's not a big C.S. Lewis but he does have a thing where he talks about life as a play and how we don't know who the major or minor players are, but "The playing it well is what matters infinitely."

Edit: Sermon posted on her blog here. /edit

(In the Pastoral Prayer after the Prayers of the People she reluctantly invoked C. S. Lewis again, talking about us being "little Christs")

Prayers, Offering, Table, Closing Prayer, Announcements

Closing Hymn: "Let All Things Now Living"

***

The theme for Advent this year is "Preparing the Way of Peace."  I think I can deal with that.
Tags: church: somerville: cambridge welcoming, people: pastors: tiffany
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