Installations have a sense of completion and satisfaction, they mark a moment of deep peace and celebration on a long journey. We are finally here! We have been through so much transition as a church, in some ways we are getting good at it. Together we can normalize transition and seek spiritual resources and wisdom in transitions. Sometimes change feels scary and hard, but during our installation we are calling on some positive attributes of change. I hope this will be meaningful for all of us and help us in the transitions and changes to come as individuals and a church.
The Holy Spirit is the biggest change agent in Christianity, creating inspiration and guiding our journey. We bring RED into our ceremony to celebrate the Holy Spirit, who has guided us to this place.
We will call on a few attributes to claim during transition and change; beauty in transition, joy in transition, vulnerability in transition and creativity and play in transition.
Change is done best when we make sure the good from the past is honored and carried forward. During the service we will light a candle to honor the past. Change feels best when we choose it: each of us will be invited to put a stone in bowl near the altar which has transformed into a river, to claim our desire to trust God into the future, putting our stone in the river of change.