How I came to love meeting for worship
Three months later, I moved to New York City. I ran “street libraries” in Harlem and East New York during the week and attended 15th St. Meeting on Sundays. Fifteenth St. at the time was not an especially centered Meeting. They were in the throes of a decade long fight over same gender marriage. But I started going to Business Meeting anyway. Just to see what it was about. A couple of 40-something women started a midweek worship sharing for “people in helping professions.” I showed up. Most weeks it was just the three of us. Someone else started a Tuesday night meeting for worship. I showed up. I was always the youngest person there. But worship fed my soul and I got to know more of the people.
All right. Here is one of the great stories of my life. After college, I moved to a city of seven million people. The first week I was there, I went to meeting for worship and I met three people who lived within three blocks of me. One of whom was Chris M., the man who is now my husband. Some of our first dates were coffee after the weekly Seekers’ class. I admit it: sometimes I went to Tuesday night worship just because I knew Chris might be there. He probably went for the same reason.
But if I had just wanted to go out with Chris, we wouldn’t have had to spend the first hour of a date in silence. Believe me, we didn’t always. We also used to hang out at the bar across the street from my house. [Ahem. It wasn't really like the movie. Just a NYC dive bar with country music.]
Anyway, it was important that the person I went out with on Saturday night was also getting up on Sunday morning. Sometimes we went to meeting on a couple of hours of sleep and still reeking (I assume) of smoke and beer. But we went.
I always want to go. Meeting for worship is SO important to me. Even when I was again coming to meeting on three hours of sleep and reeking of baby vomit. Even when I’m on vacation. Even when I’m depressed. I still don’t understand people who give up on meeting for worship.
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