Worship Tools

During this time when we cannot immerse ourselves in the physical experience of church, it can be difficult to find physical and focused space for prayer, meditation, and contemplation. In the church sanctuary, we are surrounded by many sensory experiences that impact our engagement in worship: the sound (in the room) of music, silence, whispers, and talking; the sight of windows, symbols, faces, and architecture;  the feeling of holding hymnals, vibrating voices, and shared space.
 
While not a replacement for that environment, we hope over time to provide short videos from our Director of Music, Bob Shoup, that can help create an immersive, worshipful atmosphere while in our homes. We hope that they are “directive” enough thematically to be spiritually useful, but also broad and “open” enough to allow for each person to find their own meaningful experience.
 
We invite you to view it not casually, but in a moment when you are prepared for quiet thought, to enter your own meditative space and worship as you are able. Feel free to invite others you know to find and use this resource as well – it is an easy way to share our faith experience beyond the borders of our immediate church family.

“Rising”

Easter Visual Postlude

“Waiting”

 

The first of these, “Waiting,” is provided here.  Inspired by passages from the Psalms and writings of Rumi, it simply acknowledges our experience of waiting:  its stillness, our impatience, and our capacity for hope.

“What If”

We have been thinking a lot about the global nature of the COVID19 pandemic, and the very palpable way in which it has forced a shared world-wide experience.  Regardless of culture, tradition, or faith affiliation, humans across the earth share an experience of disruption and disorientation.  It has reminded us of how often, when things are “normal,” we fail to embrace that global sense of community.  We are so easily drawn into the language of us-and-them, forgetting that every “them” is a beautiful creation.

 
In this video, “What if,” the music will not feel calming. It serves instead as a metaphor for the question being considered: “what if we wove together our disconnected tones, each with their unique beauty; what if our music aligned as if in community.”  There are bells and singing that, independently may seem “beautiful,” but which, when not quite aligned together, create a tension… a striving to find full beauty, but not quite realizing it when we sing-play-live in separateness.
 
We hope this helps us all remember the community to which we belong, and that our physical separation is dispelled by connectedness of heart and spirit which leads to hope and peace… and the place where love is.