I often like to use cultural events, such as holidays, as a “hook” for the Spiritual Eldercare worship services. I think it makes the time more interesting for the elders, including those who may not be regular church-goers.
So when I realized that Chinese New Year starts on February 5 this year, I decided to create a worship service on whatever theme it represented. This year, 2019, will be the Year of the Pig, symbolizing wealth and abundance.
Hm, I thought. How can I talk about wealth as a biblical theme?
I decided to focus the service on spiritual treasure. As Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Here’s what I came up with as this year’s Chinese New Year worship service. If you use it in your eldercare residence or setting, I’d love to hear how it goes.
Gung Hay Fat Choy (Happy New Year)!
Lantern photo by CokeLifeCreative