When I was little and didn’t feel well, my mother used to put a towel over my pillow. The purpose was to help catch anything that might come out of my body. But what it really did for me was to make me feel loved and cared for. So much so that I did it for my kids and even today will do it when I don’t feel well. Feeling that towel on my pillow brings back warm and fuzzy memories for me.
And that is what is so amazing about our five senses. Not only do they help us connect to the world today — they also evoke memories. I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or hear children playing on the playground, and I am back to being a kid myself. I feel a towel on my pillow and feel loved. I smell Old Spice and think of my father. I see an old movie on TV and am taken back to the first time I saw it.
But that isn’t all our senses can do. They can also help us find new ways to connect with God.
And so, the ministry staff of PPUMC is pleased to announce a new worship experience called the 360 Experience. We will have it once a quarter on fifth Sundays during the P3 worship time, and our first one will be on April 30, 2017. The purpose of it is to provide a way to use all of our senses to connect in a new way to God.
The 360 part of the name comes from the fact that we will be seated at round tables instead of our usual theater seating. Also, the P3 band will be set up in the center of the room rather than on the stage, so it will be a sort of theater in the round. Best of all, we will be serving round waffles. Get it? 360 degrees is a full circle.
The waffles also play into the Experience part of the name. We will have a breakfast of waffles and fruit to use our senses of taste and smell to experience God’s blessings through food. We will use our sense of hearing to listen to God’s message in a new way through music and Bill’s sermon. We will use our sense of touch to find new ways to pray. And we will use our sense of sight to see new ways God is present in our lives.
Everyone is invited, whether you normally attend P3 or not. Of course, we will still have our 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. You have four chances this year to attend at least one 360 Experience, and I hope that you will find your way to one of them.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) “And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustwor-thy and true.’” (Revelation 21:5)