Monday, August 2

What are the fruits?

calmness of being

daffodils grow strong
birds chatter of sun and seed
trees bow and receive

Lenten Reflection

Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the Scriptures: "The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes"?
Therefore, I say to you,
the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit."
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,
they knew that he was speaking about them.
And although they were attempting to arrest him,
they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

-Matthew 21:42-46


I am so very tired today.  Even my knees are tired.  So, what are the fruits of my lectio and contemplatio?  I have no clue.  I’m too tired to think.  But I’m calm.  So perhaps that is the fruit.  Calmness of being. 

I want to share my experience of yesterday afternoon.  I worshipped with the Church of Christ (Disciples)* at the Ecumenical Chapel at Seattle U.  It was a service of word and table.  Now let me tell you the little that I know about CC/DC folks:

  • they are an independent lot
  • they are an ornery lot
  • they are a loving lot

Yesterday’s service was a joy to see them all come together and celebrate their communal life.  And so many of them are my friends.  I am joyful when I see them individually!  When I see them all together, it is a great party.

Church should be a great party!  A time of celebrating Easter every Sunday.  Celebrating the resurrection that we experience every morning when we wake up.  Celebrating the resurrection that is the growth towards compassion that we have in our daily lives. 

Anyway, back to the Disciples.  There is something beautiful about attending other faith-tradition’s services.  And there is something beautiful about being fed by friends at an open table.  What is the unique flavor that the CC/DC church brought to Word and Sacrament yesterday?  I would say that the totally open table is its strength.  The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was presided over by a student and it was served and available to all.  I think constraining Communion in any way would make Jesus weep.  Here, we have it served and blessed by a friend.  That was much more profound than if the ordained clergy in the room had blessed it and served it rather than my friends whose eyes sparkled as she told the story of remembrance.  This experience was a great tug at my heart. 

I love communion as a sacrament of remembrance and response.  I have presided over many a communion service with the elements blessed by my pastor ahead of time.  I was probably not strictly within the rules of Methodism, but I feel that I was definitely within the rules of being a Christian sister. 

To my CC/DC brothers and sisters…thank you for including me at the table.  I love you all greatly for it! 

*This particular brand of Church of Christ folks in the Pacific Northwest are fiercely independent thinkers and pretty darn liberal in their theology.  And they totally celebrate and include music!

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