Zoom Worship – Lent 5

Here are the elements of the service we shared in Zoom Worship on Sunday, March 29, 2020

LITANY (Based on words by Victoria Weinstein)

LEADER: Spirit of Life and Love, we have gathered again out of our separateness to know that we are not alone. In our fears, we are not alone. In our grasping for peace, finding it in fleeting moments, and losing it again to some turmoil of the mind and heart, we are not alone.

PEOPLE: In our cynical moments, our wonderings – is this all there is? Is this the best we can do? We are not alone. In our pain, we are not alone.

LEADER: And so we dwell in You, Spirit of healing and wholeness, for this brief time, willing to be held here in an immense and eternal love whose origins we do not know, whose reality is irresistible.

PEOPLE: It calls us. It reaches between us to fill spaces. It consoles the grieving, and it calms the anxious. It gives new vision to eyes dimmed by tears and exhaustion, it opens the ear to deeper truth. It makes a place in the heart as hope.

ALL: Let us rest in this peace, and be held here. Amen.

 

Bob’s Reflection

 

SHARING THE GIFTS OF THE TABLEĀ  (based on words by Kent Nerburn)

LEADER: We are not saints, we are not heroes. Our lives are lived in the quiet corners of the ordinary. We build tiny hearth fires, sometimes barely strong enough to give off warmth. But to the person lost in the darkness, our tiny flame may be the road to safety, the path to salvation.

PEOPLE: It is not given us to know who is lost in the darkness that surrounds us or even if our light is seen. We can only know that against even the smallest of lights, darkness cannot stand.

LEADER: A sailor lost at sea can be guided home by a single candle. A person lost in a wood can be led to safety by a flickering flame. It is not an issue of quality or intensity or purity. It is simply an issue of the presence of light.

PEOPLE: As we share this bread and cup, may it help kindle the light inside us; may it nourish us to sustain that light for those around us; and may it inspire us to renew our commitment to be bearers of light for our world during these dark and uncertain times.

Closing Words

The Peace of Wild Things