Church Stories

, WorshipFully Present
November 21, 2018

Fully Present

Written by: Julia Smolucha

By The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest

The Liturgist’s seat offers a unique perspective during worship.

From this point of view, you can see people being seen. Particularly, children. When the Rejoice Singers and Ringers processes, each chorister finds a spot on the Chancel steps and then you can see the kids searching for parents, needing to see them. The parents shuffle with the same need—to see. Then the choir director pursues eye contact with every child: her searching eyes are loving searching and like a magnet. Only when all are fully present can the anthem begin.

It is all about finding the right place and feeling as though we are known and our presence matters.

On Thanksgiving, with all the focus on the sides and new napkins and if the gravy is boiling (Grandma said it needs a full rolling boil immediately before serving), don’t start the meal until everyone is fully present. Set aside the iPhone. Appreciate any new body art. Make eye contact. Pay attention to stories you’ve heard for years—you may hear something new. Offer something of yourself. Let others see you.

See and be seen in holy ways as you offer thanks to the one who made you, sees you through and through, and loves each of you.

Blessings to you on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Worship will be led by the Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.