04.12.15 Worship Confessional

interngenScot McKnight, in his new book, A Fellowship of Differents writes:

“The church is God’s world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation and life together are designed by God to be. The church is God’s show and tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as family.”

One of my favorite phrases when talking about our community of faith are the words, “men and women, boys and girls.” It describes our vision to be an inclusive, intergenerational church.

Our celebration of the resurrection continued this morning with a WE event. Four times a year, Amber Steele, our director of children, youth and family ministries, curates an intergenerational worship gathering and today she utilized our five senses to create five stations of the resurrection. Our congregation was divided into five groups of “men and women, boys and girls” and as they moved together through the stations they tasted the sweetness of the resurrection, smelled the scent of new life, listened to a beautiful music declaring new life, touched the symbol of redemption and saw the hope of Christ illustrated.

To help our people prepare for this experience, I shared this words with them in advance of the gathering:

I am a big fan of WE events because they underscore our commitment to inter-generational relationships. Our WE events are one way that we encourage these relationships and you can help us create an environment for this to happen by interacting with men, women, boys, and girls that you do not typically engage with on any given Sunday morning. Depending upon your comfort level, this will probably look different for each of us. You may choose to stick with the people you come with or you might try spreading out and worshiping with someone new. You might split your group in half or even choose to “adopt a child” or perhaps “adopt a parent or grandparent” for the morning.

How do you encourage intergenerational relationships in your faith community? How do you engage different generations in worship?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Happy Day (Tim Hughes)
  • He Is Risen (Paul Baloche)
  • Scripture Reading: Luke 24:1-8
  • Christ Is Risen (Matt Maher)
  • A Very Special Easter Video (Steelhouse Media)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Enter the Story
  • Engage the Story
  • Because He Lives (Matt Maher)
  • Benediction

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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