On a Wednesday evening, once every month or so, families come together for Messy Church: we play and draw, eat together, tell stories, and talk together about what our God is up to in the world. We usually reflect on how to take our spiritual practices home into our everyday life.
Frankly, it feels really special to explore our spirituality together as a whole family and whole church community.
In March, however, we tried something new.
During our evening program, we talked about the season where Jesus journeys all the way to Good Friday and Easter. We thought about how to prepare for that journey and, from that wondering, we crafted an Ash Wednesday worship service. As small groups, we wrote the words, starting with “Holy God, you who are _________” (how would you fill in that blank?), and created the materials (basins to remember our Baptism & cups and jugs to celebrate Communion). As evening fell, we made our way up to the sanctuary, and led the service for the congregation.
It was quiet and beautiful and sort of perfect.
As we make the journey through Lent, let’s remember the preparations that the families of our church have sent us out with:
Loving God, you who are in our hearts and in our homes, gather us up into your arms.
Holy God, make these ashes sacred. Just like the kitties, dolphins and owls, and the orchids, aloe vera and tulips, these ashes are a part of your beautiful creation. We have seen spring-time, and know that – while everything alive will die – from death comes new life.
Renew us, so that we can be your hands and your feet.
We have been called to God’s table, in God’s house, as a part of God’s family. This invitation means that we are never alone.