Finally, a mild Sunday! I was actually brave enough to go outside this
morning in a coat rather than my Tuktoyaktuk Parka, which I seem to have been
living in for months!

      With Nick away today, I took the early bus
down to St. Stephen’s House, laden with a strange collection of items from a
staple gun to game boards, from my knitting to a box of coloured paper clips.
As you might have surmised, it was All Ages Gathering Sunday, and today we
focused on the Spiritual Discipline of Prayer.

Gathering included a 24/7 Prayer Video, personalizing (with Washi Tape), the
individual Prayer Journal booklets I had been assembling over the past
week, a Prayer Challenge game,
Prayers gathered from different cultures and
read aloud in various languages, then hung on a Lenten wall montage and…
Liturgical Dance.
        I was leery as to what sort of a participatory response there would be to  the dance. Blair was leading music and had offered me a couple
of options from which to choose for choreographing. I chose “We Fall Down”.

        Standing beside Blair as he announced the song
and invited everyone to follow my moves, I was fearful that the piece would end
up as solo and was pleasantly surprised as I began to see almost everyone on the room,
young (very young!) and old, following my gestures in a beautiful, corporate
act of worship. Several people said they had been moved to tears watching the
piece unfold and it was a most unexpectedly profound experience, making me
realize just how much I have missed the weekly practices with St. Matthew’s Liturgical
Dancers, and the numerous Services at which I have had the privilege to dance
in prayer.

Even though we had been a bit shorthanded preparing for the Gathering
and there had been many emails back and forth all week, the finished product
was a mete offering to the Lord and, hopefully,one which filled up our community members
for service in the world during the coming week.

The balance of the day will be spent in more prosaic activities like
making dog food, ironing, mending and other mundane tasks, but, hey, mountain
top experiences can only be short-lived, be must return to the “valleys”, but one
hopes nourished and invigorated for the work ahead!