S’mores – Vespers

Kneel Always

Kneel always when you light a fire! 

Kneel reverently and thankful be

For God’s unfailing charity;

And on the ascending flame inspire

A little prayer, that shall upbear

The incense of your thankfulness

For this sweet grace

Of warmth and light!

For here again is sacrifice

For your delight!

Kneel always when you light a fire!

Kneel reverently and thankful be

For God’s unfailing charity.

Fire’s Burning (sung)

Fire’s burning                                                                                            

Fire’s burning                                                                                                

Draw nearer                                                                                                    

Draw nearer                                                                                                        

In the gloaming                                                                                                

In the gloaming                                                                                            

Come sing and be merry!

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

– Isaiah 41:10-13

“A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump.  A poor friend pushes him from behind.”  He looks up at me.  “A good friend jumps with.”

– Pierce Brown, Morning Star

One of my favourite things about camping is spending time by the campfire.  For me those few hours are when I get a chance to decompress and relax.  There’s also something hypnotizing about watching the flames, how can something so destructive look so beautiful?  In my family campfires generally include one of a few thing: marshmallows, bannock, or s’mores.  S’mores are by far my favourite campfire treat. 

They mean a lot to me.  They’re something I’ve been eating for as long as I can remember and when I eat them I can’t help but think about all of the trips I have taken with my family and the good times we’ve had while camping.  So being the well trained CGIT leader that I am I decided to write a vespers about s’mores. 

S’mores are made up of three very different components.  You have the graham wafers, marshmallow and chocolate.  Without any of these pieces you wouldn’t have a s’more.

Graham wafers: On it’s own the graham wafers are pretty boring.  There’s nothing terribly exciting about them.  They make a good base for other snacks and a good top for different ones but on their own?  They’re nothing spectacular.  That being said, in a s’more the graham wafers play a crucial role.  They hold everything together and keep our hands from getting mucky.  It’s like how our friends and family play a crucial role in our lives.  Like the graham wafers hold the marshmallow and chocolate, our support systems hold us up when things get tough.  All too often our support systems are the only things holding us together and keeping us from falling apart.  Like the graham wafers are necessary to make a complete s’more, our friends and family are necessary to make us complete too.

Marshmallow: Let’s be honest.  Marshmallows are pretty great.  Even on their own marshmallows are a treat and really yummy to eat.  They are also sticky, messy and squishy.  The marshmallow is you.  We are imperfect.  If you squeeze us too hard, or put too much pressure on us we tend to get sticky.  Our lives are often messy and not easily contained which is where our support system comes in.  When we start oozing everywhere we need those strong sides to pull us back together and hold us in.

Chocolate: You might be wondering what the chocolate represents.  The chocolate is God.  He is the treat at the centre of the s’more.  Like the chocolate, God has that melt in your mouth quality.  He fills all of the spaces left over and gives you a little burst of energy when you need it most.  Chocolate has been proven to help with heart health, work as a stimulant and has many other health benefits.  These are all qualities that God also does for us.  Having that chocolate at the centre of the s’more gives us something to look forward to and to hopefully want more of.

S’mores need all three of these things together to actually be s’mores.  Just like you need all three things to be a complete Christian.

One last thing, did you know that the word s’more is actually a combination of 2 words?  S’more combines “some more”  into a single word.  The story is that this is because you can’t eat just one and always want some more s’mores.  The same should hold try for your spiritual life as well.  You should always strive to have “some more”.  Some more faith, some more trust, some more belief.  Remember that God is always there for you and always willing to help you find that “some more” of whatever you need at that given time.

Song: Shake Another Hand

Let us pray,

God thank you for helping us to find the “some more” in every day.  We ask that you help us to remember that You and the people that surround us are a vital part of making us who we are.  Help us to remember that we are not along when life gets a bit sticky or messy.  All too often when things get tough we forget that we are surrounded by people who care about us and who want to help.  Be with us when that happens and please help to guide us back to your plan.


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