On Sunday, I was in charge of the interactive worship service. I thought about the upcoming holidays--no, not those holidays (Advent, Christmas, New Year's, Epiphany), but the holidays at the end of the month: Reformation, All Saints, and the various harvest festivals we might celebrate. Oh yes, and there's Halloween and Day of the Dead.
I decided to think about Reformation by way of collage. It's been a tumultuous time in nationwide politics, so I wasn't sure I wanted us to think about Reformation in a larger, nationwide sense. I suggested that we think about Reformation of ourselves and our smaller communities. What needs to be reformed? We talked about the differences between reforming and just throwing away and starting over.
We started with prayer. I prayed for insight and openness, and then I suggested that we go through the pile of magazines that I brought and just rip out what was appealing. Then we'd see what might be revealed.
It's a variation of vision boards, of course. I've always wondered what kinds of collages we'd have with a completely different set of magazines. I had a half year's worth of O (Oprah) and Eating Well magazines. I had some Country Living and some religious titles. It may not surprise you to see what we came up with.
Mine (below) looks very ragged. We didn't have enough scissors for everyone, so I just tore a bit with my fingers. You don't need a degree in Psychology to interpret mine:
I really liked this approach from one of my fellow creatives:
I like the spirit of the Rilke quote of course, but more than that, I like the willingness to do something different:
As we worked on our collages, we shared our highs and lows. At then end of our creating, we talked a bit about what leapt out at us. We finished with communion.
Overall, I'm pleased with how the service went. I'm not sure that Martin Luther would approve; he might argue that we should be reforming institutions, not our individual lives. But these days, it seems that everyone I meet is very tired and ready for reformation.