Much of yesterday was taken up with church stuff--that's the unifying theme of this post.
--My church has been off-lectionary much more often than we've been on-lectionary. I was glad that we decided to celebrate Transfiguration Sunday yesterday. We don't always. I don't know why I cared. It's not my favorite church holiday. But it was good to be together in that space again.
--In our interactive 9:45 service we did skits/puppet shows to tell the T-Fig story. It was fun.
--It was also our healing service Sunday. I was the assisting minister. As I was laying on hands and anointing with oil, I thought about the fact that it was the 2 year anniversary of the death of one of my best friends, whom I met in high school and lived with during a few years in a communal household. She died of a gruesome esophageal cancer.
--We only had a few hours at home after the service. Soon it was time to head back to Pembroke Pines for ukulele night.
--As I sat in the parsonage, singing gospel songs, I thought, this is why people want house churches. I sing better in that setting, surrounded by voices and instruments. And it's impossible to drift off, the way it is when I'm one of 50 congregation members in a sanctuary designed for 300.
--We advertised the event on a variety of ukulele meet up sites. This time we had as many non-church folks show up as church folks. We advertise it as a Gospel sing, so it shouldn't be a surprise to people. One woman told us her spiritual name; I had never heard that language: "I'm on Facebook as my spiritual name _______."
--She never told us her actual name, so I have no idea if it's similar, although I think both first names are the same.
--My spouse played his violin and mandolin (not at the same time), and at one point, our host switched to her upright bass. It was wonderful.
--What does it mean that the ukulele event fed my spirit more than the church events of the morning?
--I know what brought me more joy--what brought God more joy?
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