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It is clear that the single event in the life of most congregations that brings the community together like no other is the weekly worship service. For some people it is their only contact with the congregations; for most others it is the touchstone. What, then, can we do to deepen the experience of worship?
What follows is a list of ten things you can do right away which will improve the worship life of your congregation. The first five are suggestions for the worship leaders—encouragements to attend to your own needs for spiritual nurture so that you can more effectively nurture those needs within the worshiping community. The last five tips are more specific things to keep in mind while planning and facilitating worship. (Note: none of these require rearranging your seating our buying new equipment!)
An eleventh suggestion (doesn’t every top ten list need one?) is to get in the habit of sharing—what’s working, what’s not, your dreams, your discoveries—with you colleagues and companions on this journey. If you have anything to share with me, I’m always eager to hear...
Erik Walker Wikstrom,
Worship and Music Resources Director
Note: many thanks to the Rev. Gary Smith (Senior Minister at the First Parish in Concord, MA) for his input on this article.
For more information contact worshipweb @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Monday, April 11, 2011.
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