I love HGTV. I like watching the transformation of a cluttered, awkward room into a beautiful, elegant space. And I especially like it that it seems as though it is something I could do, if I just jumped in and did it.
Churches tend to get cluttered and awkward in both space and perhaps in spirituality as well. Do we fill our calendars with events, but ignore the reason for the events? Do we focus on numbers of people and not quality of worship? Do we worry more about money coming in than mission going out? Perhaps we need a little HGTV transformation in our congregational lives.
Zion has a new committee called Chancel Arts (a name I stole from Plymouth Congregational–sorry, Plymouth, but it was so much better than our previous “Altar Flower Ladies”). The Chancel Arts committee is taking seriously its task of decorating the church sanctuary for worship and is approaching it with great enthusiasm and creative energy. Here is what they have created for the last week before Holy week begins.
The decoration of the sanctuary is a more difficult task than it looks. The Chancel Arts Committee is hoping to move our hearts towards the meaning of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter through visual cues. Take a moment to gaze at the altar during each day of Holy Week (the altar is going to be different every day as we lead up to Easter morning) and see if it transforms you.