Amidst the business of legislative sessions and committee meetings, General Convention will pause from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 1 for a Morning of Prayer.
“The purpose of Morning of Prayer is an opportunity,” said the Rev. Lisa Belcher Hamilton of Connecticut, coordinator. “It’s to give people the opportunity to ground their legislative decisions in prayer. And to participate in individual and corporate spirituality can put people in a frame of mind that can be very positive.”
The program will follow the pattern of other convention Eucharists. Instead of breaking for brief Scripture reflections, however, participants will break for an extended time between the Service of the Word and Service of the Table.
Immediately following the sermon “will be the opportunity for reconciliation, the laying on of hands and healing,” Hamilton explained. Then worshipers may participate in one of several workshops; engage in table discussions — perhaps inspired by quotations provided in the day’s worship booklet; walk an outdoor labyrinth; or meditate on their own.
Hamilton also coordinated the first Morning of Prayer at the Denver convention. “This time around, we’re... putting a little more emphasis on the intersection of spirituality and the arts,” she said. “For instance, the Gregorian Singers will be presenting a special program that grew out of a program they did for Lent. And as we looked back at the readings and the music, it was just uncanny how appropriate they are to the theme of reconciliation.”
Other opportunities for reflection will include:
• “A Balm in Gilead: Songs of Healing,” a workshop led by Horace Boyer, editor of “Life Every Voice and Sing II,” featuring songs and words celebrating healing.
• The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, canon and poet-in-residence at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Los Angeles, recreating his 1960s coffeehouse ministry through prayer, music and dialogue. Then he and Bishop Chester “Chet” Talton will make a presentation based on their new book, “Race and Prayer: Collected Voices, Many Dreams.”
• “Water and Stones,” led by a team of lay and ordained women from throughout the church and featuring Scripture and stories, songs and silence.
• A “Singstunde,” or “hour of song,” of Moravian Church-style congregational singing led by the Rev. Otto Dreydopple, professor of Moravian Studies at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa.
• “Walking the Way of the Cross,” featuring multi-media sculptures of the Stations of the Cross by the Rev. Thomas Faulkner. The stations will be displayed in the meditation chapel throughout convention.