The Pilgrim - April 2, 2017
Sunday Celebration Notes
Celebrating God's Love Every Sunday at 10 am
During service this Lent, you have seen images provided by our Worship and Arts Team as part of our Lenten series Who Do You Say That I Am?: Images of Jesus. Many thanks to Mel White and Robert Stapp and the whole team!
Television … smart phones … tablets and computers … electronic billboards … In a culture whose information is distributed by images on screens, congregations of all sizes and theological stances have found ways to use screens in worship. While First Church will likely never embrace “the Jumbotron look,” the tasteful and relevant images of Jesus we have seen this Lent have been eliciting positive responses:
“I came down to the chancel after service to watch all the images up close …”
“I’m such a visual person that I found watching them like a meditation …”
“I love seeing the diversity of images from all over the world and throughout art history …”
When we ask Jesus’ question Who Do You Say That I Am? we are also asking: how do we see Jesus? What is our perspective on Jesus and his ministry? Jesus had many faces: teacher, healer, human, divine … which leads us to see that all kinds of faces may embody the compassion of Jesus in our lives and experiences.
Who could have a face that shows us Jesus? A young child whose parents are living in fear of deportation? A person whose only address is wherever their car is parked at night? The widow, the orphan, the person living with ill health, the person in grief?
Who do we say that you are, Jesus? The stories of the Bible show us a person who laughed, prayed, wept, ate meals with friends and strangers; the stories show us that our personal ideas and images of Jesus reveal to us the holy in each person.
Who do you say that I am?
Maybe it’s not just that Jesus could look like us, but that we could look like Jesus, compassionate, loving, wise.
The Rev. Elena Larssen