“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
These words from the prophet Amos inspired our worship gathering last week. As we entered the sanctuary, the sounds of a thunderstorm reminded us that God’s justice can be destructive to the status quo, but like rainwater it brings new life. The scents of frankincense and myrrh signaled that this time and space were set apart for worship.
Around the room, people gathered at stations that engaged social justice through the lenses of contemplation, information, and creation. Some spent time praying with Thomas Merton. Some learned about various saints who worked for justice in unique ways. Some created collage cubes inspired by the radical nun and pop artist Corita Kent. Some folks did this all online using a set of digital stations created for remote worshipers.
After half an hour, Erin gathered us together for a message about experiencing hope in the midst of hopelessness. We talked together about where we felt the Holy Spirit in our gathering. And we closed, as always, by sharing in communion.
It was an experience that engaged all of our senses, invited our active participation, and offered freedom to choose what to do. People felt inspired, encouraged, and even eager to continue exploring the content.
This gathering was an experiment. If you participated, I would be grateful for your feedback. What connected with you? What didn’t work so well? What would you like to see more of in the future?
Erin and I are looking forward to curating more worship experiences like this one this year. And we’re eager to collaborate so let me know if you’d want to cook up some creative worship ideas together!