Friday, October 12, 2012

Open Sanctuary

Another Newsletter column.  In a nod to technology and a more paperless congregation (though one wouldn't know by looking at my desk), the newsletter comes out weekly but online.  I write the vast bulk of the Minister Columns.

Anyway, this week we will be expanding our worship pallet (see previous post for passing reference and many other posts in things like "Worship,"  "Church Life" and "ukulele" for more detail if you wish) by simply opening up the sanctuary once a week for folks who would like to sit in silence for a while.  The office will be open so if people need to see me or the church administrator they can do that before or after sitting.  the plan is to expand this program a bit to offer at least an hour some weekday evening, but we really need some momentum to just start...

Dear Eliot Members and Friends,

We are a talkative people. A few weeks ago, in fact, I preached a sermon about the importance of words ad how we use them. On Sunday morning we have announcements, prayers, sermons, hymns, coffee hour and any number of other opportunities to speak. What is interesting, however, is the fact that one of the elements of our worship that gets the most comment in the short minute of silence we take during the prayer.

This is not surprising, really, when we consider how busy and noisy our lives have become. For most of us there are very few moments in the day when silence reigns. Usually we are engulfed in a babel of voices and sounds. Some are welcome and some are not, but either way, they are all present in both the forefront and the background of our lives. For this reason, we are going to try something a bit different at Eliot. We are going to add some opportunities for silent time during the week at church.

Our plan right now is to begin by opening the sanctuary on Tuesday mornings from 9am-11am for people to come and sit. You can stay a few moments, if you wish, or you can sit for longer. Felicia and I will both be in the office if you need anything or just want to chat. We will add other times that will work for other people over the next month or so, but we knew we had to start somewhere so Tuesday morning it is.

As we get closer to the holidays and things inevitably pick up in the rest of our lives, please remember to take time for yourselves. Sometimes activity is necessary. However, sometimes what we need is inaction. We need to sit in the silence. Please check your Eliot eNews and the web page for additional regular “Open Sanctuary” times. Our goal is to offer one more time during the day and one in the evening as well so we can fit all schedules.

Yours in Faith and Hope,


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