Wishing you all a very happy new year!
My faith community worshiped together on Sunday, December 31st and as part of worship, we wrote things from 2017 we wanted to leave behind on slips of paper and then, right before wishing one another peace, we shredded them – yes, in a shredder. It was a great moment. But we also made space for writing our hopes and dreams for 2018 in simple one- or two-word phrases on strips of cloth, and then tying those to pieces of framed chicken wire. It’s an idea I saw at the ELCA Worship Jubilee in Atlanta in 2015.
This morning, the blog from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago entitled “We Talk, We Listen” features a wonderful reflection by their Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship, Rev. Erik Christensen. He puts forward the idea that while resolutions can be a good thing, what is usually missing from them is accountability – which can also be thought of as relationship.
For today’s blog post, I am linking to his, because he has solid things to say about how this also reflects our worship pattern as Lutherans. I am in the middle of moving and am very short on time (pro tip: don’t do this at the holidays if you can avoid it!) and I am so grateful to lift up the good work of a respected colleague.