My favorite professor preached something that we all needed to hear, and a couple of people actually did. I welcomed everyone to communion, because in the stories of centuries of religious exclusion and inclusion there is not a doubt in my mind about where the sacrament fits. Tears mingled as I served people whose losses have become mine as mine have become theirs, and those with whom I have worked to learn and minister for the past several years.
But really, one of my friends, who is always far more eloquent than almost anyone else I know, says it best. I hope that it doesn't seem self-serving to post it (with her permission).
I attended the ordination of a friend today. Someone who has worked years and years to become a minister of word and sacrament. There were so many beautiful moments throughout the worship service: the litany of ministers in their formal black robes and red stoles, the songs sweeping into descant, the promises we had to make to help Robin live into her calling. I loved watching Clover's proud face. The pews filled with family. I loved watching the stream of people come up to take the bread of life from Robin. How some paused for a hug, how some leaned into Robin's cheek to deliver a kiss, how Chris Henry touched Robin's chest -- put a palm to her heart. There was a moment when the western setting sun came through the window and lighted upon Robin's face -- just her face. Like a kiss, or a distant blessing. There was definitely a presence of something larger there in that moment. No, something larger was there most of the afternoon.
It made me want to start an ordination movement. Ordaining my neighbors, especially Sheridan who cut her pumpkin naked today. Ordain the teenagers walking past the library. Ordain my colleagues tomorrow at work. Ordain the crossing guards, the Starbucks baristas, the nursery school teachers, the public defenders. Ordain the dying and those who care for them. Ordain the nurses in the ER, the doctors telling the bad news. I wanted to ordain everyone. Let everyone know that they are filled with resurrecting power and light. I wanted everyone to know that they are loved by many, that they are important people called to do important work. It was a beautiful day, one that made us all want to stretch out farther and more lovingly. For that, and for Robin, I give great thanks.