Grilled cheese & tomato soup anyone? What a delicious, cozy meal shared among friends at First Church yesterday evening! The meals are intended to be simple & keep us mindful as we approach Jesus’ journey through the wilderness this Lenten season. We sat in a large square formation – it was nice to be able to gaze upon all of the attendees, dining together as we shared our meal.
This Wednesday conflicted with a Longmeadow music event, so children were scarce, and we all missed their spirited voices & influence in the room as we continued our worship of Jesus’ meeting with Nicodemus. The worship included songs, visual imagery on a wide screen, and paintings shared by Judy Ebeling. The theme of the evening was “Spirit”. With the scripture of Nicodemus as our guide, we explored the relationship of Spirit to breath & to paintings in sand. We related the idea of desert sands to the worship focus of this week: the Spirit & its breathy movements through & among us.
We sat in a circle for the portion of the worship that occurred after dinner. We watched a chapter of a movie entitled “The Gospel of John”, in which the story of Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus was enacted with grace & an appreciation for the critical meaningfulness of the scripture.
After we watched the video, we shared in song. We also participated in a “body prayer” with Pastor Marisa. In this type of prayer, we engaged in simple full-body movements with open arms & spirit, welcoming the joy & energy in the room into our hearts. We also asked questions – does this passage John 3:16 have to do with baptism, or something different? Something similar – like cleansing waters?
We hope to see many more children & families together next Wednesday, March 26th, for this third in our Lenten Dinner Series.