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  1. 1. Worship Rev Jill Jarvis, Presenter April 2011
  2. 4. Lay Participation in Creating and Leading Worship: What are the Benefits? <ul><li>For the Congregation -- </li></ul><ul><li>Shared ministry is honored </li></ul><ul><li>Different voices, new viewpoints, and range of themes are offered </li></ul>
  3. 5. Lay Participation in Creating and Leading Worship: What are the Benefits? <ul><li>For the leaders -- </li></ul><ul><li>opportunities for nourishment in sharing spiritual journeys </li></ul><ul><li>For development of depth & skill in worship arts </li></ul><ul><li>To explore religious themes in the context of shared perspective, and… </li></ul>
  4. 6. Lay Participation in Creating and Leading Worship: What are the Benefits? <ul><li>To deepen one’s own spirituality in creative collaboration with colleagues, through sharing life experience, perspectives, resources. </li></ul>
  5. 7. Our Webinar will Cover <ul><li>Worship theory in the Unitarian Universalist tradition </li></ul><ul><li>Issues to be aware of </li></ul><ul><li>Sermons </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Leading Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>
  6. 8. “To Worship” by Jacob Trapp
  7. 9. Definitions <ul><li>Worship: To shape things of worth (Intransitive verb? Or transitive?) </li></ul><ul><li>Liturgy: The work of the people </li></ul>
  8. 10. We Gather in Community to Worship <ul><li>To remind each other that we share a common human journey of promise & pain </li></ul><ul><li>To acknowledge & celebrate our gifts </li></ul><ul><li>To respond to the mystery of that which sustains us </li></ul><ul><li>To rededicate ourselves to our shared values </li></ul><ul><li>To renew our commitment to repairing the world </li></ul>
  9. 11. Worship is not contemplation. Worship is Action. <ul><li>We don’t just think about. We attend to. </li></ul><ul><li>Regular communal worship can be transformative . </li></ul>
  10. 13. Worship in 5 Acts <ul><li>1. Attention/vision: We state & affirm our ideals and aspirations. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Humility: We are humbled by the realization that we fall short of our ideals. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Exaltation: We regain our strength, feel empowered, give thanks. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Illumination: We consider wisdom from the past & present </li></ul><ul><li>5. Dedication: We reaffirm our ideals, resolve to act responsibly </li></ul>
  11. 14. “ The Work of the People” Every participant brings something to the worship experience.
  12. 16. The True Test: Was Worship Meaningful? Memorable?
  13. 17. Issues in Worship <ul><li>Create Safe Space: Do No Harm </li></ul><ul><li>Communal Worship is Public: Welcome the Stranger </li></ul><ul><li>Who is being excluded? </li></ul>
  14. 19. Examples of “In-crowd” Behavior <ul><li>Clues in the Order of Service </li></ul><ul><li>In-crowd language </li></ul><ul><li>Some rituals </li></ul>
  15. 20. Different Ways of Learning <ul><li>Musical </li></ul><ul><li>Logical/mathematical </li></ul><ul><li>Visual/spatial </li></ul><ul><li>Body/kinesthetic </li></ul><ul><li>Intrapersonal </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal </li></ul>
  16. 22. Sermons <ul><li>Theological context </li></ul><ul><li>Preaching: Freedom of pulpit and pew </li></ul><ul><li>Must entertain, inform, inspire, & develop </li></ul><ul><li>DO use stories, anecdotes, illustrations, short sentences, simple language </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T use long complex sentences, lots of abstract language </li></ul><ul><li>It’s to be heard, not read </li></ul>
  17. 24. Creative Planning <ul><li>Can be a spiritual growth experience </li></ul><ul><li>An art form: the creation of a drama with many elements </li></ul><ul><li>Requires intention, authenticity, skill </li></ul>
  18. 25. Questions: <ul><li>What do we want people to take away from the experience? [“so what?”] </li></ul><ul><li>How does this element contribute to the service? </li></ul><ul><li>What difference does this make to how we live our lives? </li></ul>
  19. 27. Planning Process <ul><li>Decide on a theme </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm </li></ul><ul><li>Search for elements to contribute to theme </li></ul><ul><li>Music is essential to the experience </li></ul><ul><li>Who does what? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider format, flow, transitions, symbolism </li></ul><ul><li>Create Order of Service </li></ul>
  20. 29. Order of Service <ul><li>Gathering Song </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome </li></ul><ul><li>Share Joys & Sorrows </li></ul><ul><li>Call to Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Prelude </li></ul><ul><li>Chalice Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Hymn </li></ul><ul><li>Welcoming Newcomers </li></ul><ul><li>Offering </li></ul><ul><li>Story for All Ages </li></ul><ul><li>First Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Second Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Musical Interlude </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation & Silence </li></ul><ul><li>Sermon </li></ul><ul><li>Closing Hymn </li></ul><ul><li>Extinguish the Chalice </li></ul><ul><li>Choral Benediction </li></ul>
  21. 30. #117 O Light of Life <ul><li>O light of life that lives in us, help us to turn away from war, Reveal the hate that lives in us, help us to live no more in fear, Save us, save our children. </li></ul><ul><li>O light of love, rain down on us, help us to heal our wounded world, Our dying forests, gutted palms, smoldering cities, wasted fields, Save us, save our children </li></ul>
  22. 31. <ul><li>O love of life that lives in me, help me to lift my head and sing, Let me know joy as well as pain, see beauty in the rain and wind, Save us, save our children </li></ul><ul><li>O light and life and love in us, help us to open eyes and ears, Reach out and listen, touch and love, that we may stand in strength and peace, Save us, save our children </li></ul>
  23. 32. Leading the Worship Service <ul><li>Leaders must be non-anxious & poised </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to what is happening </li></ul><ul><li>Should appear seamless – but leaders are constantly stitching </li></ul><ul><li>Handle the glitches with grace </li></ul><ul><li>Practice! Practice! </li></ul>
  24. 34. Resources <ul><li>http://www.uua.org/leaders/worship/ </li></ul><ul><li>Google search: Unitarian+sermon+theme </li></ul><ul><li>Worship that Works: Theory & Practice for Unitarian Universalists , Arnason & Rolenz </li></ul><ul><li>How to Preach a Sermon: A Guide for the Amateur , by Robert Slaughter </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life , by Fred & Mary Ann Brussat </li></ul><ul><li>http:www.uua.org/documents/worship_associates.pdf [building a Worship Associates program] </li></ul>