Today the students I work with in the Contemporary Christian Ministries major led a wonderful chapel for Fresno Pacific University (pictures here). Through worship, word and a Celtic communion the students brought us to a place of reflection and contemplation on the life and death of Christ. Nick sang a song that he wrote reminding us that Jesus is the savior, not the institutional church. Gina painted a beautiful still life of a cup and loaf of bread. Jordan gave a devotional and reminded us that we are not only to remember Jesus' death but also his life. Emily led a quiet and contemplative communion. Lorraine read from the Book of Common Prayers to close the service.
The communion time was rich with visuals - artistic interpretations of the crucifixion as painted in other countries. There was also music from Eden's Bridge, a contemporary Celtic group, and lots of space and time to take part in communion with all of the senses. The Celts had a holistic way of looking at life. There was no separation between secular and sacred, or flesh and spirit. We were challenged to consider creation, our bothers and sisters, our enemies, and the death of Christ.
It was a time of quiet celebration and rich meditation within the glow of the candles and the presence of the risen Christ. He is risen indeed!
"Flame of Love", an ancient Celtic prayer
God kindle Thou in my heart within
A flame of love to my neighbor:
To my foe, my friend, to my kindred all,
To the brave, to the knave, to the thrall.
O Son of the loveliest Mary,
From the lowliest thing that liveth,
To the Name that is highest of all.
A representation of the crucifixion from India