|Liked||Didn't like||Do it often|
Do it occasionally
|Do it rarely|
Do it if it meets the needs of new folk
|Taize-style Music: repeated refrains, meant to be more like chanting that singing hymns.||3||2||2||3||0||1|
|Call to Worship: we removed the Responsive Reading to reduce the wordiness of the worship.||0||5||1||2||0||1|
|Lexio-Divina: Two Sundays we did silent reflection on scripture||3||2||2||2||2||1|
|Preaching/Meditation: Several Sundays we had explanatory preaching, then silence.||3||2||2||3||0||1|
|Praise Offering: We danced around the sanctuary in praise and for the offering.||0||7||0||0||0||1|
|Communion: We had communion once with Taize-style singing, and once with a musical meditation. We each came up and took our offering when we were ready.||1||2||0||3||2||1|
Hard to get very far into meditation in this forum
I did not enjoy this. It felt too New-age. If that was the type of
service I was seeking, I would be attending a different church.
Especially during the Lenten season, I felt like it took away from the
celebration of Jesus' life and teachings.
I think it is good that you are looking at our services and trying new
things, BUT....it seems to me that during this time of transition
continuity might be more important, leaving some of the new ideas for
a new pastor, after she/he is installed and settled. I am concerned
about the decreasing number of people in the congregation during
Sunday services. Perhaps too many new things?
keep the prayer flags up - they add a nice brightness to the sanctuary
I like the reminder from the pulpit that our minds tend to be
cluttered by thoughts that get in the way of worship. I like the
reminder to set that clutter aside and be open to my own faith.
Members should continue to be thoughtfully reflective during Lenten worship.
While I appreciate that you wanted to try something new, I personally
prefer a more traditional service and hymns. Truthfully, I was
considering looking at different churches had this worship style
continued. Our Congregation is a caring and personable. I don't think
we need to be too creative. Silence is good and welcomed as
reflection, but personally, please no formal meditation. Thank you for
your time and commitment. What drew me to SACC,aside from Katrina is
one could sit in a pew and just 'be'. Thank you!
OTHER NOTES FOR THE DEACONS
Yes, I think Liz or whomever is leading the service should indicate
during the service when we should sit and not stand for some hymns. It
is confusing when some of us stand, some sit; there are times when
sitting during a hymn is appropriate and should be noted.
Continue to encourage members to "pass the peace" at the conclusion of