Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Creating Vital Worship

1. Spiritual: How can worship open us to an encounter with God? How can it facilitate a sense of holiness, mystery, and wonder? How can we attend to what God is doing in worship? How can we become aware of what God wants us to do in worship (and life)? How can we incorporate elements of Lectio Divina, Visio Divina, Taize music, Iona music/liturgy, Prayer Around the Cross, etc. into worship?

2. Passionate: How can worship be more inspiring, energetic, and engaging? How can it provide more hope, love, and encouragement? How can it foster more change, transformation, and challenge? How can we get more excited about God?

3. Multisensory: How can worship attend to all the senses (touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell)? How can we include body prayer, healing modalities, freshly baked bread, locally made wine, etc. into the regular life of worship? How can we more effectively engage the entire body in worship?

4. Participatory: How can worship be more hands-on? How can it be more than something we watch? How can we include different activities for different people? How can we incorporate more elements like prayer stations, candle-lighting, and conversational sermons in worship?

5. Interactive: How can worship offer more opportunities for movement? How can it facilitate more group conversation? How can it encourage more corporate singing? How can the setup of the sanctuary most effective foster interaction?

6. Collaborative: How can everyone contribute meaningfully to worship? How can worship be planned more effectively by a group? How can it be led more effectively by a group? How can we encourage and incorporate locally produced prayer, liturgy, music, poetry, art, drama, etc.? How can more people be producers and not just consumers in worship? How can worship be more about the work of the people - all the people?

7. Authentic: How can we be more "real" in worship? How can we honor the range of emotions that people bring to worship? How can we honor the diversity of ages, cultures, and classes? How can we honor the variety of theological and political perspectives? How can we share theological reflection on local events, national news, and relevant topics? How can worship use more real language about real events in our community and world?

8. Artistic: How can art help to create a sense of sacred space in worship? How can art be used as an expression of faith in worship? How can creativity be used to worship the Creator? How can art be used to celebrate the beauty of God's world?

9. Music-Filled: How can music open us to God's presence during worship? How can it be used to express things that words alone cannot express? How can music bring together the community? How can music be used in moving ways but not manipulative ways? How can music more effectively provide authentic expressions of praise and/or lament in worship? How can new, progressive Christian music be used in worship?

10. Ancient-Modern: How can traditional elements and innovative elements be combined in worship? How can worship be both liturgical and pentecostal? How can it be relevant for grandparents and grand-kids? How can we combine the "old ways" with the "new ways" more creatively and effectively?

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