Take What You Need, Leave What You Don't

communionOur congregation has had an evening worship service every Month since June. We had “pop-up worship” over the Summer, Taize in the Fall, and every Wednesday in December we’ve celebrated Holy Communion in a different style. What a variety of worship experiences we have to share!

This past Wednesday, our communion was participatory: a sung communion service. But it had an additional activity: every seat had a “tear-off sheet” like you would find on a telephone pole with a handyman offering their services and you “tear-off” their phone number to call them. But instead of tearing off a number, it had a list of spiritual needs. Each person considered in silence and song what they needed to “take with them” from the worship service, and they tore off that word, and placed the rest in the offering plate as they are entrusted to God’s care.

This pastor doesn’t pass up an opportunity to take the spiritual temperature of the congregation, so after the worship service, I went through the sheets that had been gathered up and anonymously shuffled to see what the greatest needs were.

The top three expressed needs of the people attending that worship service were very close together:

  1. Patience
  2. Peace
  3. Confidence

I’m sure that is with many of us.

Let me offer a prayer now and will you join with me?

Gracious God,
As we are surrounded with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping to satisfy other people’s desires…help us to know Your peace.
As we are surrounded with long lines, delayed flights, traffic, and a family member that just isn’t with everyone else…help us to know Your patience.
As we are surrounded with advertisements that say we need this to be whole or need this to cover up our deficiencies…help us to know Your confidence.
Help us to find the eye of the storm where it is strongest and yet the least chaotic and where we are certain that we are through the worst.
In your name we pray, Amen.

Come join us for our Christmas services to find little bursts of inspiration to offer you patience, peace, and confidence:

  • Christmas Children’s Pageant – December 22nd – 10:30 a.m.
  • Christmas Eve
    • 5pm – Collins Hall – Family Christmas Celebration
    • 7pm – Sanctuary – Candlelight Christmas
    • 9pm – Sanctuary – Candlelight Christmas
    • 11pm – Chapel – Christmas Communion
  • First Sunday after Christmas – December 29th
    • 10:30 a.m. (five baptisms! you won’t want to miss it!)

Blessings, ~Jeremy

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