UU Church of Medford for the overnight session. When the day was over, I walked into the sanctuary to deposit our contributions to the Interfaith Food Pantry into the collection basket and looked up at the window.
Watching the sun coming up and shining through that window was a beautiful moment. I called in my fellow writers and we stood there, about a dozen or so of us, in the silence just watching. Then we heard the piano from the next room. One of our intrepid band had been itching to play all night long but didn't want to sleep the handful of people who had crashed or taking a cat nap.
So we stood there, beautiful music in the background, the sun shining through the window and a moment where serenity and peace just washed over us at the end of a day of camaraderie, merriment, work and creativity.
The universe smiled on us, and we smiled back.
It struck me: this is what worship is about. It's not about constructs, it's not about rituals or ceremonies. It's about people connecting with each other and the universe. It reminded me of the words said each Sunday at the end of service in that church: "Our worship is over and our service now begins."