Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Making Holy Week A Little Holier

"Holy Week - that's like your grand final." A teacher I used to work with would say this as Easter approached every year. And she was right. Holy Week should be the highpoint of the year for Christians. It should be significant, different and powerful. 

Growing up I loved how my church celebrated Holy Week. It began with donkey rides around the church on Palm Sunday and from there walked liturgically with Jesus through his last week: death, resurrection, the works. It was done with energy and feeling and it had a huge impact on me. I always remember feeling the desolation when the altar and sanctuary were stripped bare while reading Psalm 22.

I think many churches do Holy Week in a more contemporary, but less powerful way these days. Why can't we have both?

I found an article about Making Holy Week a Little Holier at Clayfire Media. There are lots of interesting ideas there...and some things that Anglican Churches used to do. It draws on a range of traditions and styles. There might be something new you like here but it also might encourage you to dig deeper into the liturgical history of your own church to make Holy Week just that bit holier this year.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Journey Box Media

Journey Box Media  have some interesting videos that could be used for Easter worship services. Many have a beautiful and gentle quality to them. Others pack a punch. Not the End is one of my favourites.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Jesus in the wilderness

Check out this beautiful little video of cartoons of Jesus in the wilderness.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

A mission shaped Lent

Lent provides us with an opportunity to renew our focus on God. There are so many different things that people do to help them pray, reflect and act during this season leading up to Easter. If you haven't thought what you might do over the next forty days (starting this Wednesday) why not check out the amazing Lent App that the Anglican Board of Mission has developed.
In their own words:
ABM is excited to announce its new Lent Smartphone App!
The ABM “Lent 2014” App provides you with a reflection, prayer and action for every day of Lent, starting today!
This Lent you are invited to travel (virtually) around the world with ABM exploring the many facets of mission: reconciliation, building amity, loving our neighbour, embracing kindness, loving justice and walking a way of peace.
Over the 40 days of Lent the App will introduce you to some of ABM’s partners and how they are involved in making God’s love known upon earth, and what you can do to join them in mission.

Download the ABM Lent 2014 Smartphone App in the Apple and Android stores: