Church Open to Community
So much has happened in our community,
Tonight, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., we gather for candlelight and music, a time to pause and reflect, and a chance to reorient ourselves. Under the vesper light, with music resonating, we hope you find a new direction.
Please feel free to come when you can; leave when it is appropriate. You may rise and light a votive candle for yourself or for those for whom you are praying. You may sit in personal reflection or talk quietly with each other. Please be conscious of the needs of others who need sanctuary.
The Vesper Light, or Evening Light, is a phenomena used for centuries by sailors at sea. On clear evenings at sea, a vesper light rose. It is the first and brightest “star” to appear prominently in the western sky. Of course, it wasn’t a star at all, but a planet — Venus, sometimes Mercury. It was always a welcome vision, because it helped give direction. Those who are lost, those off course, find their position and are able to begin their journey on a true bearing.
Vesper services offer us a chance to be surrounded by the glow of evening candlelight, to locate and reorient ourselves, finding new directions for continuing a spiritual journey. As the evening approaches and the light dims, the glow of vesper light creates an atmosphere of reflection and peace.
Prayer of St. Francis
God, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.