It’s not really about the Waffles, after all…

The first thing that happened is a reporter from the Wall Street Journal called me and said, “Someone told me about this thing called ‘Waffle Church,’ and I just had to find out more.” And then she proceeded to write the loveliest summary of St. Lydia’s and Waffle Church in an article about the changing format of religious education for children in churches.

All around the table.

All around the table.

And then, on Sunday, we got to do Waffle Church again, for only the fifth time in as many months, and it was just as magical as every other month.

It feels like a dream sequence, really, with magic dust falling upon our heads like so much glitter. The children bellied up to the communion table, wide-eyed, as I tell that familiar story, which is becoming their story. Whose table is this? I ask each time now. THE LORD’S!! they cry, before ripping large hunks of soft challah and dipping them lustily into the grape juice.

And the music… oh, the music. Rebecca Stevens, our “Waffle Church intern” who is the magician musician who moves us through the liturgy as if through silk. Who guides little hands into platters of glitter and hangs the stars in the sky with invisible thread.

We met the priest Zechariah, who came to tell us his story. We all thought he looked a lot like Zachary Walter, but it was just a strong resemblance. He made me tell his story, when we realized that he didn’t have his voice!

The angel of God had come bearing good news, but Zechariah was doubtful.

How will I know when this good news has come to fruition?

How will I know that God’s word is trustworthy?

Poor Zechariah, that’s the last thing he said for a matter of months.

It’s a wonder we aren’t all walking around without our voices. Doubting, as we do, the good news that God promises to deliver. Holding our breath when good things happen; standing very still, trying to keep that iridescent bubble balanced on the tips of our fingers.

That’s the Advent challenge, isn’t it?

To believe the good news will come to us.

To trust that God’s Word is trustworthy.

We pray fervently for peace in France and Lebanon and Syria and Mali and Kenya and the streets of our own cities.

We lose sight of the light that shines in the darkness.

I lose sight that Waffle Church does not belong to me; it does not even belong to St. Lydia’s.

To whom does Waffle Church belong? TO THE LORD!! they cry.

And they are right– these ones bellied up to the communion table… hungry.


About RevMcC

I am a pastor, licensed clinical social worker, consultant and workshop leader. I live in Brooklyn, NY, (the greatest place ever) with my husband and two children (the greatest people ever). I am an unqualified extrovert and lover of God. I try to live my life with gratitude, wonder, curiosity and intention.
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6 Responses to It’s not really about the Waffles, after all…

  1. Pingback: Wednesday Festival: For Love of Words | RevGalBlogPals

  2. Martha Spong says:

    Hi, Sarah~
    Would you be willing to let RevGalBlogPals use your photo above? We make use of pictures of clergywomen on our blog and in other social media including Pinterest, as part of our ministry to get the faces and voices of clergywomen out into the wider consciousness.

  3. revkarla says:

    Love this. So. Much.

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