Starting an Engaging Worship Discussion
What an opportunity it is to open a discussion here. There are already two members in this group who were central in changing my attitude about the depth and value of worship.
Each helped me realize that worship was more, and remains more, than what I thought in the past. It is not ritual by rote; nor blindly following tradition; nor keeping up appearances or fulfilling social obligation by attending services on Sundays.
The focus on God, the dramatic experience, investing energy in how the space looks, the invitation to participate - all this connects with God in life-changing ways. I still learn, day by day, how to experience God’s love in the community of faith.
Now onto particulars about where some of us happen to be going with worship at this time.
My church, Creator Lutheran, is exploring new worship possibilities for this fall, perhaps adding a service. We currently have one Sunday service. We have past experiences with two services that followed a similar liturgical style and format. Now, our newly formed team is discussing something different, that may address other needs within our community that we have learned to recognize in the past three years.
Can we start this discussion with questions?
- Does your congregation have multiple worship services and, if so, are those worships different from one another?
- What process do you use to learn how your congregation focuses on, and connects to, God? Surveys? One on one, or small group sessions? How this is reflected in your current worship?
- What are the most meaningful parts of the worship service for your congregation?
- Has your congregation gone through a similar process in adding other worship opportunities you would care to bring to this discussion?
- Do you have wisdom to share that would benefit our current process? Anything you would avoid that might lead to needless frustrations?
- Are there any helpful resources you have found that our team should reference?
I look forward to sharing thoughts on our practices, designs and experiences of worship.