Growing up in the Pentacostal church, I learned that prayer was my true connection to the Divine. I learned this in community.
When I became a Lutheran, I learned that these powerful, prayerful moments were not limited to charismatic settings. Yet these moments are often missed by those accustomed to the beauty and rhythm of liturgy.
When we come to the table for Holy Communion, this is everything. The Eucharist is more than a time to follow our neighbor in orderly fashion, kneel at the rail and wait. Jesus is at the table! Jesus greets us and becomes a part of our very being. Why not sit with this reality in silent reverence and awe, or let tears flow as we whisper prayers of disbelief and gratitude? Here is the moment when we can bask in God’s grace and greet our incarnate God, whose love is overflowing. This is a moment we don’t want to miss.
This message is adapted from “New eyes for worship” written by Leila Ortiz that first appeared in the September 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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