Palmyra offers creative worship elements

By Carol Hoke

Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the Brethren placed twine “lanterns” in the sanctuary windows for an Advent worship series from Marcia McFee’s Worship Design Studio. For Advent, brass or
white metal stars were hung in the lanterns.

In January, luggage tags were substituted for a series titled “What’s in Your Suitcase?”

In February, logos of the service ministries of the denomination hung in the lanterns: Brethren Volunteer Service, Children’s Disaster Services, Brethren Disaster Ministries, FaithX (workcamps), the Global Food Initiative, Material Resources, and the Brethren Service Center.

A small group used the lanterns in a spirituality exercise. This is the poem I wrote for that exercise:

Tangled twine wound in a circle,
crossed and criss-crossed.
The twine is bound to the tools
Giving a lifeline from the top.
Love in action
Flowing through the universe.
Symbols of service, agencies
for doing God’s work in the world
Set against a bed of purple, the
color of royalty.

This article came from the April 2022 issue of Messenger. Subscribe to Messenger.

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