I read recently that ‘childlike faith’ is faith in bright colors felt with our whole body. Children are experts at helping adults find wonder in our tactile world! The yellow dandelion that grows between sidewalk blocks; the caramel smell wafting out of Poppington’s; the delight of feeling the spray from the downtown Falls. This year, we are embracing the faith of our inner children by walking through Holy Week and towards Easter Sunday with all our senses firing.
Beginning on Monday of Holy Week (March 29), ministers will be sharing daily (virtual) vesper reflections on the story of Jesus’ walk to the cross through one of the five senses, one sense per day, but this isn’t your average church video series—we will be recording out in the community! We’ll start on Monday by hearing the story of the Anointing at Bethany (think fancy perfume being poured on Jesus’ feet) through the sense of smell. Taking guesses now…where do you think we’ll broadcast from?
We’ll circle back to the church building for Wednesday’s vesper service of a foot-washing liturgy for you to practice at home and stay in familiar territory for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. For Maundy Thursday, we’ll livestream an evening service from the Sanctuary experiencing the story of the Last Supper through the sense of taste—including sharing communion together. On Good Friday, we will broadcast an adapted Tenebrae service from the Sanctuary—a combination of meditation, simple music and Scripture telling the story of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. Holy Saturday—the day when the church remembers Jesus’ experience in the tomb – will find us back outside the walls of the church.
As we remember Jesus’ walk to the cross this Holy Week, bring your whole self—fully alive, fully embodied, and full of wonder. I hope you’ll join us.