Sundays at 6

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MOThree crosses webCRST OF THE TIME, Christ Church Cranbrook is a busy place, with meetings, classes, concerts, tours, and worship services filling every available space with wholesome noise and blessed activity.

THERE ARE TIMES, however, when a stillness descends, and, as the Book of Common Prayer says, “…the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.”

ONE SUCH TIME occurs “Sundays at 6”, when a (usually) small congregation gathers in the choir pews for the traditional Anglican service of Evensong. Sundays at 6 is not a carefully rehearsed choral effort, but rather a “do-it-yourself” offering of psalms, readings from scripture, and prayers, lasting about 25 minutes. The service is chanted, using repetitive melodies that have been sung in monastic communities for more than a thousand years.

ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO SING WELL, or be musically inclined, to participate meaningfully in such worship. In a semi-darkened church, in the company of other spiritual pilgrims like ourselves, the ancient words emerge from silence almost of their own volition, and the wordless intervals between phrases point to God as eloquently as the sacred writings and chanted prayers.

CONSIDER ATTENDING SUNDAYS AT 6. And, even if you don’t, consider making space in your life when you can sit quietly and pray along with Psalm 62 which says, “For God alone my soul in silence waits.”