Our Tenebrae, or Maundy Thursday Service is held on the Thursday before Easter. “Tenebrae” means “into darkness.” This service honors the reality of the sorrow, pain and brokenness that are part of both the Easter story and our world with modern reflections on the traditional seven last words of Jesus.
On our first Sunday of the year, we invite you to bring some water (or use some that we will provide) to pour into a common bowl, symbol of our religious community. Water has long been the ritual symbol of new life, of purity, of blessing, of change, of divine or sacred presence. When we take this unique symbol of life and bless it with our stories, our prayers, and our listening, we transform the ordinary into the holy, we create together sacred time that invites the Eternal or what we hold as having ultimate meaning to be present within us, between us and beyond us. Our Water Communion not simply as a celebration of the members of a congregation coming together after the summer, but as a witness to the ways we are deeply connected to the whole of humanity, the whole of creation, and all the names we have for the sacr