Writing on the wall is a liturgy to help worshippers truthfully express how they’re experiencing God. When the community shares doubts and beliefs, people grow, and so does your service. As you lead this liturgy on Easter Sunday, encourage worshippers to be real as they talk about their experiences during the prayer time (in which they texted their prayers and praises to the worship leader’s phone — see Net Results Article, Start Growing Your Worship Service This Easter, item 2 toward the end).
There are two approaches to writing on the wall:
The HIGH TOUCH Approach
- Affix sheets of newsprint and writing instruments to the wall in various locations around the worship space, each with the same lead in line (see the before picture)
- When directed, worshippers move to the walls to “fill in the blank,” and respond to the lead in line
- Instruct them to be authentic about what they experienced during prayer (see the after picture).
- Coach ushers prior to Easter morning to lead people to various stations, at different times
- Play background music during this sequence
BEFORE (the lead in line is an example of something you might say to elicit responses)
AFTER (the comments on this page represent some of the responses worshippers might have)
The HIGH TECH Approach
- Instead of putting newsprint on the wall, project your lead in line onto your screen ( eg. “When we prayed…”)
- Instruct worshippers to be authentic as they text how they experienced God during the prayer segment. Live-stream texts onto the screen
- Play background music as worshippers are texting and reading community posts
- You will need a screen, a strong Internet signal, and a good tech person to prepare and run the technology