Ethics Professor Reggie Williams led us in worship this week entitled, “Jesus Began to Weep.” The choir offered many powerful hymns, and Scripture was read by guest artist, Peterson Toscano. Peterson went through the story of Lazarus’ resurrection and Jesus’ weeping from the Gospel of John by asking us all to assume the positions of those involved. We attempted to be downcast like Lazarus’ family at his death and hopeful like Mary as she saw Jesus on his way. It was a unique and intimate way to “read” through the familiar Scripture to prepare us for Reggie’s words for the day.
Reggie then discussed the ways Jesus’ radical empathy pervades the “deaths” we see in our daily lives.
We partook of the Eucharist, presided by Rev. Youngil Jin, around a map of the world. Our hearts are heavy here at McCormick as we prayer for the people of Boston. At the same time, we recognize the acts of violence throughout our world everyday. For our ending prayer, we all approached the table and placed a gem on an area of the map where, like Boston, we wanted resurrection from the death of the world. Worship was a healing, reflective, and resurrecting experience.
Community meal followed in the LSTC refectory.
Dean of Students Christine Vogel led us in a family-style arranged worship this week entitled, “Holy Waste.” Worshipers were arranged by table and at the end of the service, the Eucharist was partaken within our individual tables and presided by Joanne Lindstrom, our Director of Field Studies and Experiential Education.
The Communion Table, Photo courtesy of Sergio Centeno
Christine preached on the story of Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet with the costly nard perfume and a foot-washing for the community followed by members of the Worship Team. Christine challenged us to wastefully love those around us and to radically involve ourselves in the tabooed needs for justice in today’s world.
Rev. Dr. Christine Vogel preaching Wednesday, Photo courtesy of Sergio Centeno
The service ended with our weekly community meal, this time seated at our worship tables with our fellow worshipers.