Name tags were often worn in our community. For confession one evening (in the beginning of worship), we gave everyone a second name tag. We asked them to confess their sin and wear it outwardly for most of worship until eucharist. As they came forward for eucharist, there was an extra person standing next to the distribution of elements, their “sin” was removed and put on the cross for them.
Both Advent and Lent serve as a great time to try out new and different practices that blend Biblical theology and community to help people as they follow Jesus, and move from head knowledge to heart knowledge. As Advent is a time of waiting and hope, one such practice is to redesign your worship space/sanctuary. If it’s possible, rearrange the seating so that you can be seated “in the round.” Also a great idea for eucharist is to start with a group of 8 people (instead of the normal “line” or communing at the “rail.”). The pastor begins by communing the person on his/her right. The individual then communes the person on his/her right. After receiving the elements, the person leaves and a new person comes to take his/her place as they are able/desire. It does take additional time to celebrate the Eucharist this way; however, as we are focusing on a theme of “waiting” – it allows for meditation and a deeper sense of community as the body & blood, bread and wine are shared with each other.