Monday, September 14, 2009
Yesterday morning I was introduced at my new church. I have been hired part time as their Christian Education Director and will be planning/helping with programs for all children and youth (4yrs-senior high). I'm quite excited albiet nervous about the whole thing. It was nice because after the service there was a carry-in (potluck) after the service and I was finally able to start meeting some of the kids and youth. I think overall it will be great fun.
Because yesterday was kind of the kick off day for everything (Sunday School started, LOGOS starts Wednesday, choir is back, etc.) we had communion. This church does communion a bit differently than I'm used to. This church is Presbyterian and I have almost always attended a United Methodist church. The differences are fairly miniscule.
Anyway, the communion that I have experienced the most has been that of intinction (spelling?) where everyone walks to the front of the sanctuary and rips off a piece of a real loaf of bread and dips their piece in the cup. My new church, however, serves it in the pews where you pass the bread and the cup and everyone stays seated. Usually when this is done churches use wafers or crackers or some other unpleasent bread option. Yesterday, however, there was real bread and you still had to tear a piece off, it was just done in your seat. That makes me hopeful that that is how this church does it, because I honestly do not enjoy the little cracker things.
The bread you ate when you recieved it and then the members of session who were serving came back around and passed around the little cups of juice. The cup we took all together.
What was most striking to me, though, is what was going on throughout the congregation as communion was being served. Whenever I've seen this done in the past whatever congregation I've been in has sat there almost silently, listening to the music, waiting for everything to get passed and it almost always seems like an eternity. Yesterday was not like that at all. When the bread and cup were being passed there was definitely a twitter around the sanctuary. Heads turned, conversations were whispered, and the pastor even went around and talked to a few people. There was music playing that we all enjoyed, and people were quiet and respectful when the pastor was speaking and when we took the cup in unison.
At first I didn't know how to react. It was completely different from any communion I had taken. I wasn't sure whether to be upset that people didn't appear to be giving it the reverence it deserved or to start a conversation with the people around me too. It was strange. But once I thought about it for more than a milisecond I realized that I really enjoyed it this way. I liked watching and listening to the fellowship that was going on around me. I like that it seemed as though everyone knew how important communion was, but that they weren't going to be awkardly silent during it.
Besides, isn't communion from the last supper, the sharing of a meal. I'm sure that if I were having dinner with Jesus we wouldn't be sitting in silence, awkardly waiting for everything to get passed and consumed before we talked. In fact I'm pretty sure that we would have a lot to talk about and that it would feel rather comfortable. Just like communion did yesterday.
I really am looking forward to serving this church and having fun with their kids and youth. I'm still nervous, and I definitely have my doubts and struggle more often than I'd like to admit with my own faith, but yesterday reminded me that it's ok. We all struggle, but that's why we have each other. And besides if God is for us, who can be against us. He'll definitely be with me as I walk into this new chapter of my life and my faith and I'm pretty exited about that.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Other than forgetting my surely awesome blog post I went to ikea today, met my roommates two very good friends from Wooster, was introduced (officially) at my new church/place of employment and attended my welcome potluck after the service. All in all it was a fantastic day with perfect weather - so perfect that I know exactly what kind of weather I want this coming Saturday for when I (hopefully) go to the Renaissance festival with my good friend Tony.
Speaking of Tony, although I have forgotten what my orginal post was going to be I've created an entirely different one including some pictures and blurbs about some of my favorite gentlemen. So enjoy.
This is Dave and Tony. (Well, Tony and Dave actually.) This pic is a few years old, but I don't think they've really changed much nor has our friendship. They both came to visit me a few weeks ago and Tony and I are planning to go to RenFest this weekend. I really don't know where I'd be without these guys, they are great.
Here's Mike and Zach. They aren't twins, so don't let the picture confuse you. They are, however, in the fam, as are Dave and Tony above. These two, however, I see less often and that greatly saddens me. Although one of them may be moving closer here in the next few months so hopefully that will more or less solve that issue ;) Altogether these 4 guys some of my favorite people of all time. I am blessed indeed to have the friends that I do.
This is Nathan. Or more rather, G.B. He was my co-counselor over the summer. He was great to work with and I miss him. Especially his ridiculous over-sensoring. He was even more intense than I was! But seriously he is fantastic and I hope he's doing well in Texas.
SCOTT SEESE!! I recieved a surprise phone call from this guy today and it made me super happy. Not just because I got to talk to one of my all-time favorite co-camp-staffers, but because it means he survived his treak along the Appalachian Trail. I missed working with him this summer an incredible amount and do sincerely hope that we can get together soon so I can here all his adventure-filled stories.
And last (for tonight at least) but certainly not least is perhaps my FAVORITE gentleman of the times - my lil bro. I love this kid. He just got a part in the Fall Play and is already rockin' his Junior year of high school. Expect amazing things from this guy.... amazing.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I love when I can call a friend and say one idea and she'll run with it, planning a whole week long event in 30 seconds. I love meeting with good friends to brainstorm ideas and coming up with one of the best events/fundraisers I could have asked for. I love hearing about my friend who's travelling the country teaching theatre to kids who wouldn't have that opportunity otherwise. I just love creativity and people who are creative and liking to think I myself can be creative.
Imagination is such a wonderful thing. I hope it's not something being lost in this digital age. And if so, I hope that I can some how help kids find theirs again, even if for only a moment.