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Taking It Home, Session 11: Worshipping Together

In "Signs of Our Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program

A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

IN TODAY'S SESSION... we talked about worship. Worship is dedicated time for people to evaluate what is really of worth in their lives and remind themselves to live their life accordingly. We said that worship can happen anywhere and at any time, but when we worship in community we support each other. We learned about some common components of worship and rituals associated with them. We created a short worship service ourselves. Worshipping together is a sign of our faith.

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about ... what are family members' favorite components of a UU worship service? Attend worship together at the congregation. Bring enough copies of the handout from this session for every family member to have one and a supply of stickers. Every time you identify a part of the worship that corresponds to one of the components in the handout, place a sticker next to the component on the handout. Compare handouts after the service.

EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try... worshipping together at home. Choose a special occasion such as a birthday or holiday or anniversary. Work together to create a 15-minute worship service. Use the service to discuss, celebrate, and reflect on why this occasion and sharing it together are important..

Family Discovery. The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) has worship resources online for families and children and streams worship services weekly.

Leadership Suggestion. As a family, volunteer to be a part of worship services at your congregation. Families often light the chalice, tell stories, and usher or carry the offertory. Perhaps a family member would like to join the congregation's Worship Committee.

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Last updated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

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