It’s time again for praying-and-singing-at-night-together. ( = “Evensong” :))
As some of you know, I moved from Philadelphia a little over a year ago, and some of my friends there but together a book called Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. It’s kind of an intro to common prayer and liturgy for a people from a variety of backgrounds, and the morning prayers almost always include an “On this Day in History” story about something significant that happened in the pursuit of peace and justice throughout the centuries.
This Friday night, I thought we’d follow their liturgy for Friday Evening Prayer, which includes scripture, kneeling, confession, singing, candles, and praying for others.
Like other complines and night offices, it’s described as a simple way to “retire from the day together.” I only ever think of “retirement” in terms of that one-time-finishing-career-moment, and never thought of it as a nightly opportunity - to “fold up” each day before God. That kind of elevates my view of a “normal day,” and also situates it in the longer, more-important “career” for us, which is life-with-God. (Reminds me of Eugene Peterson’s book, Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society.)
Whether you’re used to evening liturgy and love it, or whether you’re totally new to it and ambivalent about it, or somewhere in between! – you’re welcome to come and retire from the day, together. Who knows how God will speak, reveal, release or comfort!
Evensong, this Friday night, November 10th, 8pm-9:30pm @ COOL in the choir area in the sanctuary. BYOD.