On October 29, 2017 we recognized the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a service led by the young members of our Discovery group. Discovery has been exploring the theme of change with our youth director Veronica Hall over these last two months in preparation – how necessary it is and sometimes how uncomfortable. In fitting with the theme, we decided to take the congregation a little outside of their comfort zone and change the regular service of worship for the day. The order of worship was a service adopted from the Iona Community, a community that focuses not only on social justice and the healing and reconciliation of the world but also on worship renewal. Also in keeping with a recent shabbat service that we attended with our neighbors at Beth David, we wanted the service to include more sung responses and a more interactive liturgy.
After the dedication of our new Glory to God hymnals and our new communion vessels from Iona, the children led the entire service, including the sermon: It’s Really Very Simple.
One of the most moving parts of the service was the children leading the congregation in singing Take O Take Me As I Am, a hymn by John Bell of the Iona Community, as they led the way to the Lord’s Table where all partook in the Lord’s Supper.
There were moments where it was messy and we were not sure what we were doing. There was so much that was new and not all of it felt comfortable. It was the Body of Christ moving forward for the next 500 years.