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Updated Nov. 2011 Session Meeting Docs
 

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The PPP used by the WAPC to discuss worship at our November 2011 retreat!

The PPP used by the WAPC to discuss worship at our November 2011 retreat!

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    Updated Nov. 2011 Session Meeting Docs Updated Nov. 2011 Session Meeting Docs Presentation Transcript

    •  Less “bodies in the pews” A sense that something has to change, but change worries us Time of Worship (Sports, Families) Differing tastes around style, music, etc. Cultural pushes—In all congregations › Sundays are the #1 shopping day in the week in the USA › Sports/Activities › Weekend Travel › Busy, overcommitted people › Different Generational Understandings of Commitment, etc.
    •  Static content  Dynamically Enhancing generated content knowledge  Enhancing creativity Information  Information sharing download  Collaboration Little to no  Users are required to interaction engage with Users are passive information, create recipients of it information  CREATING & FINDING SHARING
    •  Gathering (Call to Worship, Gathering Song, Announcements, Welcome) Confession (and passing of the Peace) Word (Scripture, Sermon, Song) Responding to the Word (Offering, Communion, Baptism, Sending Song, and Benediction—a sending into the world to respond to the Word until the next time we gather)
    •  Worshipping God is an essential part of what makes us human We do not make worship meaningful, it is already meaningful because it is worship We though need to make it authentic so those we serve can understand it Not everything is authentic “Worship is what happens when people become aware that they are in the presence of the living God.” This meets the area of practice—worship is one part of the spiritual life, an outgrowth of it (holistic understanding)
    •  Fellowship Community Sharing of Joys and Concerns Friendship Intergenerational Disjointed Community outside Celebration/Sorrow Renewing, Rejuvenation, Refreshment Others?
    •  Sarellen and I have been reading this book as one way to prepare for our conversations
    •  People as hungry for an experience of God Where have you experienced mystery in worship at WAPC? Other places? How might we engage people in mystery, what sorts of practices might interest us?
    •  People today want to know that someone loves, accepts, and welcomes them Prayers of the people How do we reach out to strangers? How do we invite others to worship with us? Do you ever tell anyone about your faith or about WAPC? Practical issues: set-up of narthex, welcome, signage in front of/inside the church Importance of greeters Allowing greater participation shows hospitality
    •  Not drama as in theatre, but drama as in the drama of God’s story being reenacted in every part of worship Flow in worship is very important Waking up all the senses in worship Joyful, engaging music What are ideas of dramatic expression in worship for you?
    •  What sort of music do you like? What sort of music do you think that people out there who do not come to church in our community like? Would we be willing to give up some of our tastes? Music must be excellent but not create a distance
    •  Tent—Early worship spaces as tents. Tents were moveable, changed locations. (We are constantly moving as the people of God. Way station for pilgrims on the move.) Temple—Place for awe, wonder. Some temples were large, some were house- churches. (Awe and space for fellowship)Tent: Follow me Temple: Take off your shoes, you are on holy ground.
    •  Movement between areas (something we need between the Sanctuary and the Parish Hall)--FLOW Location of pews (do some come out?) Do we configure them in a new way? Light, color, draping and paraments Choir as separated from worshipers Lectern/pulpit closer to the congregation Create intimacy in worship
    •  Prayers and testimony about local mission in worship (something we have started doing this year!) Doors to the church like saloon doors in the West (swing both ways) Hymns that pick up missional themes I think this is one of the areas we can really capitalize on at WAPC
    •  Expanding sing-able responses Expanding spoken responses Order of worship needs to stay stable, but elements within it can change. Tension between stability and innovation. Bulletins are for visitors—not regular congregational members Use of projection?
    •  Regular inclusion of Communion › Importance type of music selected at communion time › How are the elements brought forward, how do the people gather around the table? Sermon as an occasion for joy › Does not mean there is no challenge in sermon, but ending is joyful--invitational Music, dance, testimony › Inviting members to share with music, dance, testimony—focus on JOY
    •  Positive personal connection with congregation Gather gifts of congregation Share leadership of worship with others Embody holy character of worship Strong lay leadership to worship changes is essential
    •  What would we like to do? What time should worship best be at? What are our dreams? What are our hopes? What are our fears? Where would we like to be one year, two years, five years from now? Others?????
    •  Slide #3 is from Adam Walker Cleaveland’s presentation, How Technology is Changing our Faith and Worship Info on Interactive Prayer Stations are from Rev. Theresa Cho of St. John’s Presbyterian (San Francisco) Photos are from St. John’s Presbyterian (CA), New York Avenue Presbyterian (DC), an unknown congregation, First Presbyterian (OR)