As this week is Holy Week, we have been gathering together as a class to reflect, listen to Gospel and celebrate.
On Monday our worship centred around the Last Supper. We gathered together on our tables and received a cup of juice and a piece of bread. We settled ourselves and listened to the story of the Last Supper, hearing how Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, telling them that it was his body and his blood, given for them. Jesus’ disciples did not quite understand what Jesus meant but they knew how much he loved them. After we had listened to the story, we thought about what makes a good friend. We responded by decorating a plate with the qualities a good friend should have and placing them on our focus for worship table.
Our focus for Tuesday was Jesus’ trip to the Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James and John. We gathered together by placing a stone next to a tray of soil (representing the garden) on our focus for worship table. We stilled ourselves and listened to the story of Jesus in the garden. We heard how Jesus was afraid and how he asked his Father, God, for help. We responded to what we had heard by thinking about what ‘big questions’ we would like to ask God. We wrote our question/prayer on a lolly stick and placed them in to our ‘garden’.
On Wednesday, we gathered together to reflect on Jesus’ crucifixion. We started our worship by making the sign of the cross and listening to the story of the crucifixion. We heard how Jesus forgave those who had betrayed and hurt him and how he asked his Father to forgive them too. We responded to the story by thinking about how when bad things happen or people hurt us, it is hard to let go of the pain. How sometimes it feels heavy inside us, like a stone. We made our way to our focus table and placed a stone in to a bowl of water, thinking about someone we would like to forgive and letting go of that pain as the stone sank in to the water.
Our last collective worship of Holy Week was focused on Jesus’ resurrection. We gathered together by steadying our breathing and stilling our bodies. We heard how that early on Sunday morning, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to Jesus’ tomb and saw an angel sitting on the stone that had previously covered the tomb’s entrance. The guards were afraid as the angel told them that Jesus had risen from the dead. He also told Mary that she needed to go and find Jesus’ disciples in Galilee and tell them the good news. We responded by praying together and scratching a thought or prayer about our hopes and dreams in to a scratch card to help us remember that even when things seem impossible, things can always change.