August 8, 2021


Sunday Worship, The Gift of Silence

This morning there will be
no in-person or online worship service at CMCL.

You are invited to choose a time of silence today—to listen and be.
     You may enter into this silence alone, or in parallel with others.
  Your silence may be 5 minutes, an hour, or the whole day.

Below you will find: 

  • prompts for engaging silence. Thanks to Christy Heatwole Kauffman, Naomi Paine and Melissa Stock for many of these resources.
  • children’s time link is provided below — a reading of The Hugging Tree.
  • hymn link, to listen to or sing with as you celebrate communion
  • closing prayer


And now … welcome to the Silence

“Things are not nearly so comprehensible and sayable as we are generally made to believe. Most experiences are unsayable; they come to fullness in a realm that words do not inhabit. And most unsayable of all are works of art, which – alongside our transient lives- mysteriously endure.” Paris, Feb 17, 1903,Letters to a Young Poet,Rainer Maria Rilke


Solitude and silence are cousins in my view. They are the doorways we slip through into a deeper, truer realm where the other layers of noise and hubbub are put into perspective and explained. Where we are empowered to make choices towards goodness and freedom that we didn’t fully even realize were there to be chosen and acted on. —Naomi Paine


                                                               I think 99 times and find nothing.
                                                               I stop thinking, swim in silence,
                                                               and the truth comes to me.
                                                                        —Albert Einstein

Silence takes getting used to. We are accustomed to sound. As we experience the sound of no sound, we come in contact with higher wisdom. Our thoughts race, then slow, then come to rest in quiet. It is then we begin to hear the “still small voice,” which actually may loom quite large. As the minutes tick past, we experience a sense of direction. We are guided. We sense what our next step should be. In silence, we hear the voice of our creator. The listening path becomes deeper and richer. A great calm steals over our sense. Julia Cameron,The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention. p. 169.


Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Be still.


Silence is easier to experience than explain. —Melissa Stock


CommunionIn the Singing, in the Silence, VT #481, performed by Roger LentzIn the singing, in the silence, in the hands expectant open,
in the breaking, in the Presence at this table,
Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, be the wine of grace:
Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, be the bread of peace.

In the question, in the answer, in the moment of acceptance,
in the heart’s cry, in the healing, in the circle of your people,
Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, be the wine of grace:
Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, be the bread of peace.


Children’s Time— The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilence, by Jill Neimark, read by Alex Solosko


Closing Prayer 

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

— Mary Oliver, Thirst