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A Contemplative Euchari
st: Love Bids Me Welcome
Friday\, March 1\, 2013
2:00pm to 5:00pm
General Seminar y's Seabury Auditorium
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A Contemplat ive Eucharist is both a worship service and\, like a quiet day or retreat\ , a time set apart. This Eucharistic liturgy will unfold over the course o f an afternoon\, offering you time and spaciousness. The theme of the Euc harist will be the poetry of George Herbert (1593-1632)\, an Anglican divi ne and priest whose religious poetry is cherished for its imagery\, beauty and theology.\n
Serving as presider and spiritual guide will be the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Linman\, author of Holy Conversation: Spirituality for Worship. He is Bishop's Assistant for Formation in the Metropolit an New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and also t he professor for General Seminary's Liturgical Spirituality course this sp ring. Sharing in the planning and leadership will be students in the cour se.\n
They cordially invite you to come dwell deeply with scripture and poetry\, in silence and conversation\, to sing hymns whose words are p oetry by Herbert\, and to receive with a contemplative intentionality God' s love given in gifts of bread and wine.\n
Love bade me welcome\, yet my soul drew back\,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love\, observing me grow slack
From my firs t entrance in\,
Drew nearer to me\, sweetly questioning
If I lac k'd anything.
'A guest\,' I answer'd
\, 'worthy to be here'\;
Love said\, 'You shall be he.
'I\, the unkind\, the ungrateful? ah my dear\,
I cannot look on thee.'
Lo ve took my hand and smiling did reply\,
'Who made the eyes but I?'
'Truth\, Lord\, but I have marr'd them
\; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.'
'And know you not\,' says Love\, 'who bore the blame?'
'My dear\, then I will serve.'
'You must sit down\,' says Love\, 'and taste my meat.'
So I did sit and eat.