“On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees – from palms, willows and other leafy trees – and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.” Leviticus 23:40
This week at Open Door we are exploring the original harvest festival, the Feast of Tabernacles, and what it means to us as Christians in South Lincolnshire.
During our all-age service on Sunday morning, our pastor, Revd William Booker, blew a traditional horn (shofar, so good?). We then set about ‘building a tabernacle’ at the front of the church. The tallest of our congregation decorated the roof with leafy branches while the smallest made decorations to adorn the construction. The activity was punctuated by joyful songs and explanations of the feast of tabernacles and what it might mean in our contemporary culture.
Part of the original instructions for the festival relate to ‘being joyful’ and so we are doing a few things to try and make people joyful in the Deepings. We’ve already had a community film night but next Saturday we are planning a ‘drumming circle’. This fun event on Saturday evening (29th September) is free and open to everyone regardless of whether they normally come to church.
The following day we are planning a baptism service for two of our members with a ‘feast’ to follow. Everyone is welcome to come and join the celebration!