Monday Matters (September 30th, 2013)


Reflections to start the week
Monday, September 30, 2013

It’s not all about Sunday.

This simple truth gets expressed in a variety of ways.

It was expressed by Archbishop William Temple who said that the church is the only organization that exists for the sake of those who are not its members.

It’s indicated in the sign I saw posted over the exit at the church which read: The worship is over. The service begins.

It’s the prayer after communion that asks for the strength and courage to serve with gladness and singleness of heart, a liturgical acknowledgement that it is not always easy.

It’s the claim that the dismissal is the most significant part of the liturgy, as we are sent out into the world to do God’s work.

It’s the habit of one peculiar priest (not naming any names) to conclude bible study with the “so-what” factor, i.e., an invitation to articulate and identify the relevance of scripture to life in the world. If you can’t come up with something, what’s the point?

It’s the theme of promises made in baptism, that we will proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ, that we will seek and serve Christ in all persons, that we will work for justice and peace. In other words, we promise to participate in the changing of the world.

It’s the beautiful poem sent to me by a beautiful friend last week. The poem, written by Mary Oliver, is entitled: The Vast Ocean Begins Just Outside our Church: The Eucharist. Thank you, Mary Oliver. Thank you, beautiful friend.


Something has happened

To the bread

And the wine

They have been blessed. What now?

The body leans forward

To receive the gift

From the priest’s hand,

Then the chalice

They are something else now

From what they were

Before this began.

I want

To see Jesus

Maybe in the clouds

Or on the shore,

Just walking

Beautiful man

And clearly

Someone else
on the hard days

I ask myself

If I ever will.

Also there are times

My body whispers to me

That I have.


So put faith to work today. Sunday worship may seem to punctuate your weekend. Let it launch your week.

-Jay Sidebotham


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