Friday Evening Prayer

By Rev. Lisa Isenhower

On Friday evening, South Carolina Synod Assembly participants gathered for a service of Evening Prayer after dinner. The service included the Service of Light, the reading of God’s Word, the Prayers of Intercession, and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

As a creative part of this communion service, worshipers were invited to unburden themselves prior to receiving the sacrament by symbolically placing their burdens and concerns in God’s hands.

Before the service, worshipers received small squares of paper on which they could write whatever burdens were on their hearts. Later, as ushers invited people to communion, they directed worshipers toward the font at the center of the worship space so that they could remember their baptism by dipping a finger in the water and tracing a cross on their foreheads. As worshipers moved from font to table, they passed by one of the crosses on either side of the worship space. In front of each cross was a clay pot in which worshipers could place the papers on which they had written their burdens. Having been reminded of who and whose they are—baptized children of God—and having laid their burdens at the foot of the cross, God’s people could come with joy to the Lord’s table.

Worship leaders were Pastor Alejandro Mejia (Officiant), Pastor Wyvetta Bullock (Presider), Assembly Chaplain Pastor Chris Fischer (Assisting Minister), Pastor Jim Parham (Musician and Worship Leader), and Pastors Christine C. R. Parham and Andrea Rice (Cantors/Song Leaders). This evening’s offering was also designated to the building fund for Christo Rey’s new worship and outreach center.

This is Christ’s Church. There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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