[I participated in the TRT Yishar Koach program this year. This program allows congregants to celebrate the anniversary of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and use the opportunity to re-examine how their Jewish identity has changed since then. The following words are from the introduction I gave before leading the congregation in reciting the Modeh Ani prayer.]
As you may have noticed, our next prayer is from the morning service. Let me tell you why I asked if I could lead this prayer tonight.
Several years ago, I started attending our informal Saturday morning minyan services. I can’t even recall how I first discovered this wonderful jewel of a service. They are short and always involve an interesting discussion of the weekly Torah portion. But more importantly, they are informal. I found that I just loved something about coming to temple and praying in jeans and sneakers. Praying didn’t have to be something I had to dress up for. Or felt obligated to do. Coming to minyan service is something that I want to do, for me. Not for any obligation I feel. But because I want to be there.