April 11, 2009 Gathering
Music by Hassan El-Tayyab
Welcome to The
We come together with diversity of thoughts, stories, talents, hopes and hurts. Our prayer is that in coming together with all our differences and with Spirit, we participate toward a new divine reality. This is sacred space.
The grass never sleeps.
Or the roses.
Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning.
Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept.
The cricket has such splendid fringe on its feet,
and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body,
and heaven knows if it ever sleeps.
Jesus said, wait with me. And maybe the stars did, maybe
the wind wound itself into a silver tree, and didn't move,
maybe, the lake far away, where once he walked as on a blue pavement,
lay still and waited, wild awake.
Oh the dear bodies, slumped and eye-shut,
that could not keep that vigil,
how they must have wept,
so utterly human, knowing this too
must be a part of the story.
TELLING OUR STORY
PEACE – TOAST
In this place we creatively express;
Some of us are focused, some are a mess!
We participate during the sermon
And people do connect, we are learnin’
(All may join in the following)
Greet all with a handshake, toast or a wave
At all times feel free to yell, rant or rave
Fake not friends, we can arrive as we are.
Cheers! Here’s to sacred space in a bar!
And when the sabbath day was over, Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they could go and embalm him. And very early on Sunday they got to the tomb just as the sun was coming up. And they had been asking themselves, "Who will help us roll the stone away from the opening of the tomb?" Then they look up and discover that the stone has been rolled away! (For in fact the stone was very large.)
And when they went into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right, wearing a white robe, and they were apprehensive.
He says to them, "Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene who was crucified. He was raised, he is not here. Look at the spot where they put him! But go and tell his disciples, including ‘Rock,’ ‘He is going ahead of you to
And once they got outside, they ran away from the tomb, because great fear and excitement got the better of them. And they didn’t breathe a word of it to anyone: talk about terrified…
· What are our initial thoughts and observations about the text?
· What questions does it raise?
· What kind of resurrection is this?!
COMMUNION and SHARING OF RESOURCES
XA: God is with us. All: Yes she is.
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