Wednesday Evening (7pm) Contemplative Eucharist
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
These words make up a beautiful Shaker hymn, and reflect on the gift of simplicity. At St. Luke’s, we recognize that in the midst of an increasingly loud, complex, and chaotic world, the gifts of simplicity and silence are all the more crucial to experience on a regular basis.
In an effort to connect with the wellspring of peace that comes from simplicity and silence, we offer a short mid-week contemplative Eucharist every Wednesday evening except that last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (the last Wednesday is reserved for Taize Prayer at 7 pm). We will gather in a more intimate setting than Sunday morning, use very simple hymns, and respond to God’s love and presence in Word and Sacrament with a few moments of sacred silence. The service will last about 30 minutes. Come as you are: child or adult, stressed or serene, in pajamas or still in work clothes, and allow God to give you the gifts of simplicity, stillness, and peace!