Thursday, May 31, 2012
Trinity worship stations
Creationary: a space to be creative with the lectionary (in this case, visual images on themes of pilgrimage). For more resources go here.
On the weekend, I am leading some worship for a group of church leaders in the South East of the State. It is Trinity Sunday and as I reflected on the lectionary readings, and in particular Isaiah 6:1-8, a number of stations seemed to suggest themselves – ways to confess, to intercede, to respond, to commune.
There are many ways to engage the Word. Around the room are a number of stations. You can stay with one. Or you can move. After about 20 minutes a bell will ring. We will gather. If time, there will be space for a few people to share in insight that emerged from engaging the Word around stations. We will then move into communion together.
Confession and absolution station: Coal station
One way to respond to Isaiah 6 is to take time to examine “our lips.” In this Bible passage, the coal becomes a symbol of forgiveness that follows confession.
Take some time to reflect. In what ways have you been a “person of unclean lips”? In what ways do you “live among a people of unclean lips”?
Silently confession any areas of uncleanness that come to mind. Do this by touching the coal to your lips. It might be appropriate to touch your lips more than once.
Please take a coal from the bag and once you have finished, place your coal in the basin provided.
As you end your time at this station recalling the words from Isaiah: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”
Mapping station: “Here I am, Send me.” But where?
Take some time to look at the map. It is laid out, using stones, in the shape of South-Eastern South Australia. Take time to see if there is a place that God puts on your heart. You might like to light a taper and place it on the map in a place that you would like to pray for.
Eating station: “touched my mouth.”
Make yourself a savory snack.
Now enjoy eating your snack. As you do, reflect on the following. The three elements – crackers, cheese, gherkin – invite us to think about the three persons of the Trinity.
What happens if one is left out? What does each distinctive “person” add to our faith? What does each person and the faith of our church?
If you want, make yourself another. And keep tasting, reflecting …. This weekend we have focused on mission, on our taste in the community.
What might your church taste like to those in your community? As a result of this weekend, are there any different flavours you want to add into your church “taste”?
Drawing station: “And I said” What are you “saying”?
This weekend we have asked: What is mission? What does it mean for my church? Isaiah asks us how we will respond. He asks himself the question: “And I said” …..
As a result of this weekend, what do you want to say?
Take some liquid chalk. Write a word or phrase that might capture what you want to say.
(by writing it on the window. The chalk does come off. Promise!)
Take a second colour and write a word or phrase you want to pray that your church might start to say?
Colour in the icon. Simply enjoy it. As you do ask God to speak to you through the activity.