Ancient Modern worship is a thing. Many church people like it because, well, if they must do something more contemporary, like music, ancient-modern allows them to at least keep liturgy! No problem … new people often like liturgy too, especially those that are younger, perhaps urban, and maybe might have a church background somewhere along the line.
A few weeks ago, I started a series on secular holidays. You can spur invitation by trying to get at what is really on peoples’ minds and hearts when they celebrate things like Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s day and Halloween … go down the list. But when you invite people, you have to deliver on a strong worship service. That’s what we should talk about!
You might start with a song or two that’s very contemporary – even secular. Or maybe it’s a well-loved hymn done in a new style. Then stop for a liturgy. So, what’s the liturgy? You might be able to find some that go back centuries, or you might need to write some. Let’s try our hand at writing liturgies spoken in current vernacular and focusing on upcoming secular holidays. CLICK HERE to read what I wrote about a few of the upcoming holidays in previous blogs.
Super Bowl Sunday is coming up. If your theme is Identity (see article), and your invitation card is “Winners and Losers: How Not to Let the Super Bowl Define Your Self Worth”, then your first spoken liturgy should be about personal value. My option is below. Do you have an option? Post it on this blog by hitting the reply.
- Opening Song: “Hang Loose”, Alabama Shakes
- Congregational Liturgy:
Greetings God and neighbors. Today is Super Bowl Sunday! God, do you care who wins the Super Bowl? We don’t think so. But do you care who wins our souls and spirits? We think so. How can we know who we are so deeply that winning and losing doesn’t matter as much in life, all because you have won us over? We think you call that self-esteem. How do we gain true self-esteem in life through You? Please show us. Amen
- Second song / hymn: Be Thou My Vision, ala Rend Collective
- IMPLICATIONS OF THE SPOKEN LITURGY: In your sermon, talk about self-esteem and following Jesus!
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