Sunday, June 05, 2005

sharing the peace

i go to church (elca) by myself every sunday, but i always feel a little awkward when it gets to this part of the service. i'll stand there waiting for the people in the pew in front of me to turn around & notice or glance at the people behind me at the exact moment they're shaking hands & saying 'G-d's peace' to the people behind them. then when i'm no longer invisible to the congregation at large, i have half a dozen people standing in front, behind & beside me with their hands out. i absolutely dreaded this moment at wednesday night communion in college, even though i was always there with friends/roommates. this was particularly nerve-wracking because 'sharing the peace' at cc that meant hugging. (actually, that was why a lot of people went to communion at all. lots of cute boys to hug. ) *yikes* my timing is impeccable, honestly.
how 'bout you guys? does this ever happen to you?


At 6/6/05, 8:32 AM, Blogger jacks said...

Nope. We're jerks at my church. We don't share the peace or anything else for that matter. :P Honestly, we don't do that as part of the service, but I've done it enough times elsewhere to "feel your pain".

At 6/6/05, 11:23 AM, Blogger amo said...

we do this at our church, but i'm always up in the choir loft, so i greet the same people each time, which isn't often. even so, it's somewhat uncomfortable for me, and i'm not sure why that is.

maybe i don't feel i have enough peace of my own to be doling it out?

At 6/6/05, 5:35 PM, Blogger mdog said...

ah... i grew up catholic. i never really understood this whole hand shaking peace giving thing. and yes, it was uncomfortable [no hugging there though]. it was just sort of weird. like being forced to greet people? and then if you've finished greeting everyone in a five-foot radius, then what? start conversation? for forty seconds? what's the point?

as for your timing dilemma, i think you should get all those hands in one fell swoop, high-five style, like players running onto the basketball court or the infield. totally. :mrgreen:

At 6/6/05, 7:51 PM, Blogger mar said...

sweet! that would totally rock! :p

"Nope. We're jerks at my church. We don't share the peace or anything else for that matter."

*snort* yeah, like your wedding pictures. you sure don't share those. :p

At 6/7/05, 8:47 AM, Blogger jacks said...

Geez!!! I've got to get them BACK first!


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