The Inscrutable Sacred Thread

Posted September 12, 2015 by Marg Herder

It’s the 12th, and that’s the day I post on the Emerging Voices blog on Patheos. Today I’ve written a personal reflection about my experience of the Sung Compline service I’ve been attending at a local church.

The Thread

“Everyone Is Welcome,” announces a small sign over the door of the gothic brick edifice.  It was first placed there to make sure people of color knew it was safe to enter in the sixties; later it served as an indication that people with AIDS were welcome too. Now it whispers carefully to me each time I enter.  If the sign were any larger I’d be spooked.

I’m not scared of the building.  I’m not scared of worship, or of God.  I’m not scared of the two-story tall cross affixed to the wall in the front of the sanctuary. I’m only scared of the people and their politics— though of course, I don’t really even know them.

But the small sign whispers that I am welcome, and I take it on faith that it is true.

Lisa often takes my arm as we enter together at 9 pm every second Thursday of the month. She guides me through the dim light in the narthex into the large candle-lit sanctuary.  Six tall candles on the altar.  Three more high overhead in special lanterns.  One in the aisle, and dozens in votive holders at the foot of the altar.  I imagine each of them being carefully lit in honor of someone in need of more light.

(Click here to read more on the Emerging Voices blog on Patheos.)

 

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