We bring to this moment of sacrament the totality of our lives. There is a sense in which each of us is sealed off from the other, a sense in which each of us wrestles with his own needs, desires, frustrations, limitations, aspirations, joys, sorrows, sickness, and health. There is another sense in which we are deeply involved in the common life, the common struggle, common needs, desires, the common burdens. We blend all that we are as individuals, and wait in the quietness for the movement of the Spirit and the Mind of the living God in our midst.
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. The Message Bible—Hebrews 10:22-25
—Dr. Miya Bazley, Lincoln Temple UCC