Every Sunday morning, while the musicians and the tech team are settling preparations, I light the altar candles and offer a silent prayer from Psalm 19. In Hebrew scripture, it translates as “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” In my heart, it often translates as “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable to you, source of my strength and direction of love.” It centers me on what will happen next. Sunday morning is all about affirming why we gather in body and in spirit – to communicate welcome, to communicate strength, and to communicate love.
A community gathers to communicate. Its messages are to the heart, and from the heart. Never doubt that there is always something or someone at the receiving end of what we do; whether it is God, or humankind, creature companions, or the fragile, majestic Earth itself. To share welcome, lend strength and deep compassion is to send a message to the universe that we are a willing and energetic part of it – no matter what.
May it always be so,