I enjoyed many parts of the process. First was the cutting of the stars and the writing of a word, along with some decorations:
My spouse and I experimented on Saturday. I pulled out this star:
On Sunday, because we had so many people, the distribution of the stars took longer than I expected. But people seemed patient. And more important, people seemed open to the idea. I thought there might be some refusal. But everyone seemed happy to get a star. I pulled out a different star:
That star is now on the window sill above my writing desk. This morning, when I took a picture of it, I got this glowing effect:
Will these stars make any difference to any of us? I have no idea. Several people after the service told me how much it meant to them.
I liked how the process combined the best ideas of Epiphany (God speaking to us by way of a star) and of New Year's (changes and intentions). I like that it was different--my original Epiphany sermon was dark, dark, dark, full of Herod and refugees and fleeing evil. I like that it was a bit more interactive than the traditional service tends to be.
But most of all, I like that I took what felt like a tiny risk, introducing something like this at church, and it worked on at least one level.