I am from a non-liturgical church denomination. After 30 years of ministering, I find myself about to begin an entirely new kind of ministry/church situation. It is, in a very literal sense, an experiment. I'm not calling it "church" and we won't be meeting on Sundays, but in many ways it is church.
I want this to be a genuinely non-denominational/ecumenical kind of gathering. We haven't yet begun, but I already know that at least one Catholic, one Episcopalian, several Lutherans, a Baptist, a few Pentecostals and several folks who don't really know what they are, are planning to join in.
Does anyone have an experience in combining such divergent traditions into one worship gathering? (Part of me thinks it is impossible, but I remain excited nonetheless.) I need help with simple liturgical resources...ideas that will work for folks from both sorts of traditions. I won't necessarily try to do both each and every time we meet, but I am looking for resources, ideas, pitfalls to avoid, whatever!
One of our matriarchs suggests creating worship services using resources from the Iona Taize communities.
Muthah+ writes :
I am salivating at your new opportunity. I would love to be doing something like that.
I don't have to tell you that this is one of those things that you really have to listen to what the Spirit is saying to the people. You do this naturally so I am not worried about that.
Even Baptists and free church services have a liturgical tradition. They may not be as formal as the Piskies, Catholics or Lutherans among us. Borrow one of our prayer books or missals to get an idea of what we do. But I bet the group that gathers will be able to help you develop a liturgical practice that works for them and for you. Let it evolve and keep testing it against the community that gathers. They will tell you where God is speaking to them. And that is all that is necessary. You will all know what is prayer, what is praise and what is worship when it happens.
This is truly the Church of the future and God has favored you with this opportunity. Let it become what is needed for the people to know all that is Holy and celebrate that opportunity in all of our names.
Does the thought of a new worshiping community make you salivate? What ideas, thoughts, and suggestions do you have for this spiritual midwife? I hope you will post your thoughts below.
May you live in God's amazing grace+