This morning I went to the combined Good Friday services that our church participates in. Perhaps it was the hasty manner in which it was put together this year but it seemed more like a pep rally than a worship service to me. Lots of singing. Lots of exuberance in the service. I know God was there but I just cringed a bit at the inference that it was so great so many Christians of different denominations could worship together – as if that was somehow so wonderful and not the norm to be expected. Just wondered what we were all doing in there in our huddle cheering when the real game is going on around us outside the walls of all our churches. I think I was looking for worship. I needed to connect with God on a deeper level than what was going on.
But last nights service as we gathered around the Table was meaningful enough to allow me to ride a bit on the presence of God that was in that place last night. It is hard to put into words the significance of serving the elements to friends who have become so close and who through our present troubles are standing by us.