The options below will be used during worship during the "Wiggle, Wander, and Wonder" portion of our time together.
1. Enter the Story: Mindfully Prepare Your Communion Elements
Mute the Zoom room so you aren't distracted by other's conversation. Step into your kitchen and take time to mindfully prepare your communion elements. Perhaps you'd like to brew a cup of coffee or tea. Maybe you want to take a moment to carefully arrange your food on a plate. If you have a special plate, you may want to use it. Take a moment to create space at your table. How would you prepare the table if a special guest were coming to dine? Clear away any other items. Consider lighting a candle. Even if you are worshiping by yourself today, take a moment and set another place-setting to remind you that you are gathering at Christ's table with many other people.
If you've finished preparing the table and still have time to spare, consider reflecting with words or art:
Poetry: And the Table Will be Wide by Jan Richardson
Poetry: Perhaps the World Ends Here by Joy Harjo
Visual Art: farming photography, scroll and reflect or choose 1-2 to contemplate
Visual Art: 3.5 minute short film with the text of Matthew 26:17-35 (the Last Supper)
Scripture: read the story of the Last Supper in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.
2. Compassion in Action: Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
From Earth to Tables nonprofit:
"The Haudenosaunee (known as the Iroquois Confederacy in French or as Six Nations in English) begin every gathering by offering greetings and thanks to all the elements of life that sustain us. This ritual brings everyone into the space with a good mind, ready to listen and learn.
You can view an 11 minute video that features the thanksgiving in Mohawk and English with art by Tuscarora artist Rick Hill on the Earth to Table website. You will need to either disconnect the sound on the Zoom meeting or log out (and back in again later) to view the video so the other Zoomers don't interrupt you with their conversation. Click the button below to access the video and art.
3. Conversation Around Tables: Head into a breakout room to reflect with friends on one or more of the prompt below:
1. Create and Play: Food Chain
Join Brandy in Pioneer-Blachly for an interactive and crafty activity for all ages.
2. Create and Play: Make Your Own Seed Paper
Join Deane in the kitchen for an interactive and crafty activity for all ages.
3. Movement: Neighborhood Food Walk
Take a brief walk in our neighborhood solo or with friends. Where do you find a connection to FOOD for all living things? You'll find restaurants on Poyntz, of course, but what else might you find? Be creative and think outside the box. Berries, bugs, and more may await! If you have a camera, take photos of what you find and post them in the church's Facebook group so we can all enjoy your adventure.
4. Quiet Meditation in the Sanctuary
Each week we'll reserve the Sanctuary as a quiet place for contemplation, meditation, and prayer. Consider moving around the room to a different place - the chancel, balcony, and floor are all options! You may want to sit with your eyes closed or open. You're welcome to walk quietly, stretch, or lay down. You may choose to journal or draw.