September 2004: Slow
[this service was inspired in part by the idea of the three mile an hour god from theologian kosuke koyama]
Set the room up with two screens in the middle back to back – project speed on one side and slow on the other.
do visual stuff from arkaos for speed side
do visual stuff through mixer for slow side
have two mac classics, one for each side of the screen with slow and speed on
Before the service:
Give out tickets for the fast track that lets people in early/quickly – make it slow for others.
Have a rev counter type thing that runs from flat out to flat out – invite people to answer one or two questions - how do you live your life? how do you want to live your life? – and place a post it note or sticker on according to their answer
invite people to take watches off and turn phones off
Play track from logical progression with sample from ferris bueller’s day off (life moves pretty fast....)
adbusters reading of guy who stands still
prayer of st hilda community
video of jar being shaken and settling with words to encourage people to slow down (taken from cd rom accompanying tune in chill out)
play 'hey man slow down' radiohead
Group discussion on contemplative vs commuter:
Questions along lines of
Is slow good? Is fast bad? If you're in an accident, you want the ambulance
to come as quickly as possible. When else is speed good?
We work quicker so we can work fewer hours - but do we?"
are you naturally more a commuter or a contemplative? martha or a mary?
My heart is restless
The Lord is compassionate and gracious
2. The Word
Bible passages/readings on either side of the room re slow and fast
if we slow down... accompanying a video slow moment that no longer seems to be online - it was a brilliant combination.
Make Jesus prayer cords – use to pray – use animated iconostasis and jesus prayer tack from tune in chill out
Take boiled or soft sweets depending on whether you are feeling the call/need to go slow or fast
slow blessing written by anna
God the creator, who rested on the seventh day after the work was done, show you how to balance the slow and the fast, the work and the rest.
God the redeemer, who lived his life at walking pace, strengthen you to go slow when the world is going fast.
God the sustainer, who came at Pentecost like a rushing wind, give you hope in the day when there will be freedom from the limitations of time.
Go into a world of speed and live at God’s pace.