As we continue our journey through Lent, we use our senses to reflect on the events of Jesus’ life and death, also called the Passion, and once again we imagine gathering for Bread and Broth. We are invited to think on these weekly words and watch the video message on our website.
Sound (Blessed are Those Who Hear)
Smell (An Odor Pleasing to the Lord)
Touch (Who Touched Me)
Taste (Taste and See that the Lord is good)
Today we consider the gift of sound. Imagine the sound of many voices as we gather in the Purple Room…spirited conversations around the tables, eruptions of laughter, quiet moments of discussion. Listen for the prayer concerns of the church family, and those unspoken, yet still in our hearts. Perhaps Li Ling Liu makes Coconut Chicken soup, Catherine Hiller makes Hungarian Mushroom. Perhaps Joan and Jerry Watkins bring the bread for us to share tonight. Listen for words of grace over the meal, our gratitude for all who prepared and provided for us.
Recall the voices of Jesus and his disciples as they gathered in homes and on hillsides…Who do people say that I am? What have you to offer? Why do you doubt? Let those who have ears to hear, listen. Your faith has made you well. Make a joyful noise to the Lord. Speak, O Lord, for your servants are listening. Hear the table talk around us as we consider tonight’s questions and share our thoughts…Which noises bring us anguish? Which sounds bring us comfort? How do we listen for the still small voice of God? Where do we hear the good news?
Lord God, you have promised to hear the prayers of those who call on you.
May we also hear your call.
Let us listen to those who call on us.
May their cries for help, understanding, or assistance
be heard in our minds and hearts.
We give thanks for the sounds around us –
the singing of the birds, the joys of music, and the delight of speech.
May we also cherish and give to others that gift of silence,
a gift in which you also speak to those who listen.
May we hear the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ,
and may we make joyful sounds to proclaim Jesus’ message
of love, repentance and forgiveness.
We ask you to hear our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(By Kevin Scully)