Thursday, February 27, 2014

Keeping a holy Lent

What are you doing for Lent?

When I was serving at the altar every week there were so many ways to fully immerse myself in worship. Now as I sit in my pew it is easy to drift off and go home feeling a little less than an encounter with the Holy One. So, for Lent, I am going to pay attention to the attitude of worship - with my whole self.

One day I noticed someone who prays with his hands turned palm upwards - I thought I would try that. I know from paintings of the earliest Christians they usually prayed in this way.

It was amazing the difference. Instead of juggling papers I felt involved in the prayers. I began to memorize the responses or let the congregation carry me along if I forgot the words.

So for Lent - it will be "all in" -- using the practices of the church of genuflecting, bowing to the cross, making the sign of the cross when the Trinity is invoked, kneeling for confession, and holding my hands palms up to both hold and receive prayer. I invite you to try some of these - involve your body in worship as well as your mind. And sing even if you don't think you are a very good singer.