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)