This is the view of my table at Caribou where I am grabbing a coffee and jotting down some thoughts on todays Christian Peace Witness events. I attended the ’emergent worship service’ at New York Avenue Presbyterian, a church famous for being where Abraham Lincoln’s church, and in a similar vein as today, the church where Martin Luther King, Jr., preached against the Vietnam war.
The Cobalt Season played a few opening songs as people were arriving, leading into a time of worshipful reflection through video, liturgy, music and readings overlayed with one another. Gilda Carbonaro spoke about the loss of her son Alex in Iraq in May 2006. Brian McLaren shared a few words of focus regarding Jesus call to us to be disciples, apostles, and witnesses all at once, stating that ‘disciple’ and ‘apostle’ are two sides of the one coin – we are called in to learn the Way of Jesus and then we are sent out to share that with others. In closing, we shared communion, and a piece of final liturgy I thought was so powerful I wanted to type it up here…
One: And now let us walk together, to join our brothers and sisters to appeal for peace, humbly echoing Jesus’ call:
All: “Follow me.”
One: Let us walk, bearing the weight of our complicity in this war, openly confessing:
All: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
One: Let us walk with the weight of sorrow, mindful of the many thousand who have died, and of those who will carry the wounds of war for all their days, trusting Jesus’ promise:
All: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
One: Let us walk in peace, to love and serve God, rejoicing in the reconciling power of the Holy Spirit.
All: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
One: Let us walk with hope, led by faith, ever certain that the Spirit goes before us.
All: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Amen.