Postlude is Spiritual Practice
Greetings during this month of December! I’m amazed that it’s December already as it feels as if this year has flown by. I’m grateful for this congregation, I’m beginning to know my way around, and remembering a lot of your names now! (Forgive the minister please, who has a problem remembering names.
As we are all settling in with one another, I have made a few minor changes in the services on Sundays and one of them has been to add a postlude at the end of the service. Generally, in different denominations a postlude is included at the end of the service as a concluding or ending of the service. We have them in most Unitarian Universalist services, I think as a throwback to our Christian roots, but the history here at this congregation was not to include it.
I wanted to begin to use a postlude at the end as I see a postlude as a form of spiritual practice. It allows us after the service has ended to sit silently for a moment, to contemplate all the reflections of the morning and to rest our minds and hearts. It serves a threefold purpose here: to allow ourselves to momentarily rest and allow the thoughts and contemplations from that morning to be absorbed, to give an ending to what was a sacred time for all of us gathered together, and finally, to allow the minister and Worship Associate to get to the back of the room to greet you as you leave! I have been missing this action, as I want to meet those new visitors who may have come for the very first time to introduce myself, and I want to greet those well-known members that I may only see on Sundays or less frequently on other days. It gives me a chance to say hi, acknowledge your presence, and give gratitude for your attendance. It may be a simple act, but having a postlude is in itself a spiritual practice.
So, I hope that in the ensuing Sundays, you all can take a moment at the end of the service for contemplation, reflection and respite however brief it may be. That is the purpose of a postlude. My wish for you is that you can utilize it and take a moment to breathe. Maybe you can even incorporate postludes into your busy lives during the week or simply in a day.
May everyone this week have a respite, a time to breathe, a time to feel blessed. December is a busy month for all. Take a moment to reflect and enjoy it and don’t let it pass you by.
Blessings to you all,
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