This morning, we enjoyed worshipping with the Church of Christ in Cisco. The language and practices here always come across as a little alien to my kids. In Cisco, they “partake” of the Lord’s Supper – not a word that they hear used a lot. There is also a lot of talk about being “worthy” as we worship – a part of our faith tradition’s longstanding concern with holiness.
Larry Fitgerald – the preacher here – continues to do a solid, faithful job ministering to this congregation that is steeped in the traditions of Churches of Christ.
The language and traditions of the folks here in Cisco are an important part of their spirituality – every bit as integral to their faith as the Book of Common Prayer to those who are a part of the anglican traditions. It is a privilege to come and be a part of those rhythms from time to time.
The familiar faces here are a great inspiration – examples of faithfulness and commitment to the way of Jesus, even as the ways of the world continue to change around them. I was also impressed by their commitment to imitate Jesus in the way they reach out to the needy in the community – several of these folks will be working to provide meals (about 400 total, as I understand it) for the community tomorrow.
Tonight, after a few more hours with my extended family, we will be at St. Paul United Methodist in Abilene for their candlelight Christmas eve service. Then…home for Christmas.
One last question: I’m embarrased to say it, but at 42 years of age, I still don’t know exactly what “round yon Virgin” means. Can anyone explain that for me? Anyone else want to fess up to not knowing what it means themselves?