This week's is from reverend mother who writes:
Well, the Clergy Superbowl is almost upon us, and so, I offer up this Friday Five (with apologies for the irreverent title):
1. Will this Sunday be Palms only, Passion only, or hyphenated?
Hyphenated for reasons both theological - I want them to hear the story and attendance at the mid-week services are significantly less - and practical - If I read a lot of Scripture then my sermon can be a meditation.
2. Maundy Thursday Footwashing: Discuss.
I WANT to be okay with this. I get ALL (most) of the symbolism, theology, worshipful significance. BUT as if being Protestant and mainline isn't enough, I am from the northeast. We don't touch there. My baby pictures show my parents shaking my hand.
3. Share a particularly meaningful Good Friday worship experience.
Spring Break, sophomore year in college, I am in the dorms alone because the softball team was allowed to stay in the dorms but I am injured and not allowed to go on their overnight road trip. Faith crisis happening and so I decide to serve myself Communion using a Snicker bar and diet coke. I wouldn't fight anyone to have them accept its significance or its allowability, but it meant a lot to me.
4. Easter Sunrise Services--choose one:
a) "Resurrection tradition par excellence!"
b) "Eh. As long as it's sunrise with coffee, I can live with it."
c) "[Yawn] Can't Jesus stay in the tomb just five more minutes, Mom?!?"
Well, growing up our youth group led this service on a public beach at the Jersey shore with a couple of acoustic guitars and handouts. We stuck a huge cross into the ground and worshiped while the sun rose up above the ocean and cast a shadow of the cross over the sand and the worshipers. It was definitely an (a).
Here it is a mandatory event that my first year took place overlooking a recently spread cornfield (hard to fully embrace the miracle of the empty tomb over the view and reek of glistening cow manure). My second year took place in front of a building that actually blocked the sunrise. At least now it takes place in our cemetery. Still, it's a (c).
Maybe... MAYBE... if I didn't have to run it to keep it from being either one of the above scenarios or worse then it would make its way to (b).
5. Complete this sentence: It just isn't Easter without...
Worship with trumpets! I am from Big Church, serving in Middle/Small church. I get that and usually I am okay with it. But during Easter 2004 when I SHOULD have been on maternity leave but was not, I looked at our organist and flat out told him if I have to be here on Easter Sunday then we need trumpets. I will never forget the look on the congregation's faces as they realized they were hearing more than just the organ and piano pound out Jesus Christ is Risen Today!
Bonus: Any Easter Vigil aficionados out there? Please share.
When I worked at a Big Church this was one of the pastor's big ideas but who got to 'work' the early morning shift? Why the Youth Director of course! I feel like it is something that really deserves being done right - no shortcuts like running it until midnight and then picking it back up at 6 - and so I think I liked Cheesehead's answer when she said: "Love attending it. Can't imagine throwing the party."
Bunny thanks to artie.com