Resource. Recover. Re-ignite.

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course with Dan Wilt

 

This is part of the end project with Essentials Red course.

Resource – Recover – Re-ignite

What Winston Churchill said of us is true: ‘We shape our buildings and after our buildings shape us”.

Over the years, our church building has seen many walls knocked down, literally, to create more space for growth.

As we have studied the Language of Space, it is obvious where we now gather needs attention

Another strong theme is that I want this to reflect a deeper desire, that over time, our liturgy again will be strengthened and enriched being the living ‘work of the people’. For example, we are seeing momentum of confidence and expression with our artists so we want to invite their gifts to continue to rise among us.

 

So, this project is a simple tool and part of a bigger plan.

My hope is that this will be a step which may inspire reclaiming our interaction with God in prayer expressions through visual art and beyond.

 

1. Resource

Step 1. Offer this as a resource.

  • It ties together different languages of worship which need to be reclaimed in our church. (prayer, art, Scripture).
  • It will go on our website (to be used in personal devotion, or offered to small groups).
  • It will also be available to our worship leaders (one slide could be used, for example maybe during a worship gathering)

2. Recover

Step 2: Print slides to go up in our Prayer Room.

  • We have a space set aside for prayer in our building.
  • Our hope was that it would be filled with different expressions of prayer. I would love that space to inspire our hearts, and enlarge our vision in prayer.
  • Our visual artists are currently offering their gifts towards a labyrinth experience for Easter, so after that is finished I will invite/enlist their ideas/gifts to bring for the Prayer Room.

3. Re-ignite

Step 3: I anticipate a further step might be to have a night together with artists, to widen the invitation to bring other elements of expression to our gathered worship space.

 

If anyone has any thoughts to add, or tips to contribute, please let me know.

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Concluding thoughts for Essentials Red

708451_hourglass_3 For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course with Dan Wilt

 

 

We all have marked, memorable moments which have shaped and sustained our personal history in the journey of aligning our life with Jesus.  

Being inclined to easily forget, we intentionally re-visit the Story we are in, to regain the impact and meaning.

Our living worship demands constant remembrance and recovery of the ideas and events that have shaped us.

So too, we will find history and tradition guiding our communal worship compass towards our future.

It calls us to REMEMBER and RECOVER the wisdom enfolded in worship from past days.

We RE-ENTER the power of daily/weekly/yearly and lifetime patterns which inform and invite us into the rhythms of God’s creation.

We RE-INVIGORATE the value and importance of physical environment, aesthetics and architecture with the understanding that it can powerfully augment our heart expression in worship.

We REDISCOVER the truth that the substance of our prayer frames what we believe. Prayer is to be rediscovered, both the heartfelt expressions of spontaneous prayer as well as the riches of written and established prayers from past and present.

We RE-INTEGRATE the public reading Scripture, as we prayerfully consider creative ways to reclaim its importance by bringing it back from the margins into the centre.

We RECALL the significance of sacraments which Jesus initiated and invited us to participate in. We anticipate the Holy Spirit revealing the mystery beyond words, as found in the symbolic actions in Eucharist and in Baptism.

We RE-ENACT these symbolic actions, knowing they convey the significant power of that event into the present.

We RECOVER the power of art and music as soul languages, which allow bridges of access and windows to the soul. In doing so, we participate in reflections of God’s heart, both to and through us.

We RE-CREATE many intentional opportunities to retell His-story, and engage hearts in refreshed ways in our day. We collaborate in recognition that these windows of beauty open up infinite ways for us to meet with God.

We seek to REGAIN ground lost, both in past and present worship expression.

We set our hearts on creating many opportunities to explore and RE-PRESENT the Story, in diverse languages and with unceasing devotion to God our Father.

 

*This is a summary of the 5 weeks and my next blog entry will be a creative project pulling out an example of some of the above.