Every Sunday will include communion as the anchor
for the service. From there, the worship experiences will be as follows:
June 10—Making and Using Prayer Beads*
Prayer beads are most commonly affiliated
with the Roman Catholic tradition of praying the rosary. However, there
is a long tradition of using shorter prayer beads in the Anglican tradition as
well. We will make Anglican prayer beads and practice using them.
Everyone will go home with a set of prayer beads and a booklet of prayers to
use with prayer beads.
June 17—Neighborhood Prayer Walk*
Prayer walks have been tradition
throughout the history of Christianity. Weather permitting, after
provided instructions on the practice of prayer walks, everyone will be invited
to go on their own prayer walk. For those for whom mobility is an issue
and in case of inclement weather, additional instructions will be offered on an
in-the-building prayer walk. We will gather back together towards the end
of worship to reflect on this experience as a community.
Taize is the singing of
distinctive and repetitive prayer chants during worship. The music
highlights simple phrases that are repeated or sung. The phrases are
usually taken from scripture, especially the Psalms. The repetition is
designed to help meditation and prayer. This practice of meditative
singing as prayer goes back centuries in the history of the church.
July 1— Painted Prayer*
Ever heard of one of those trendy
places where you can drink wine and paint with friends? This is sort of
like that, minus the wine, plus grape juice for communion. Those
attending will be presented with scripture and invited to paint from the
inspiration from the Bible. Even if you feel you have no artistic ability,
do you remember how much fun it was to use finger paints as a child?
Channel that childhood fun into a spiritual journey.
July 8 - Guided Meditation
Guided meditation is a common
practice outside of the church as well as within. Many leadership and
corporate seminars teach guided meditation as a means for relaxation and stress
relief. Those in worship on this Sunday will be invited to find a
comfortable position to sit or lie in, and then they will be led through a
series of meditations. This guided meditation will be led with an eye
towards our spiritual life as Christians and our relationship with the Divine.
July 15—Sculpting Scripture*
A truly hands-on worship experience.
A passage of scripture will be read, and those in worship will be invited to
use the clay and materials provided to sculpt their own vision of the
passage. Reflecting on our sculptures will be part of the service.
No artistic ability is required and people of all skill levels can have a lot
of fun with this service; if you've ever enjoyed playing with Play-Doh, this
service is for you.
July 22—Prayer Mandalas I*
A special guest will lead the
Mandala worship services. Mandalas are used as a practices across
multiple religious traditions, and usually consist of a circular repetition of
various patterns. We will learn about the Christian practice of creating
mandalas as an act of prayer. Materials will be provided for everybody to
begin their own mandalas. Once again, no artistic talent is needed to
enjoy this activity.
July 29—Prayer Mandalas II*
Because mandalas are such an intricate
practice, a second week diving into the prayer mandalas will be offered.
Those in attendance will be invited to reflect on their experience in prayer
through the making of their own mandala, and will be invite to further work on
their mandalas and color them in.
August 12— Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross is also an
ancient practice across the universal church. While many older churches
and cathedrals have stations of the cross built into their architecture or on
display as permanent artwork in their building, for our purposes, pictures will
be hung around the sanctuary remember the last 24 hours of the life of
Christ. A scripture guide and prayer guide will help us walk through the
experience of the crucifixion together. While this service is most
commonly practiced on Good Friday, its practice is not limited to the
August 19—Breakfast Church*
The first churches that gathered in
the first century at a meal, discussed their faith, and might have sung a few
songs. There were no sermons and there were no glorious
sanctuaries. Crestview will gather together around the table to break
bread together, and various themes of faith will be discussed.
August 26—Worship Collages*
Various materials will be offered in
this worship experience to create a piece that represents your spiritual
journey. Because this is simply cut-and-paste, it is an excellent medium
for people of all art ability levels. A similar, but more simplified
spiritual prompt, will be offered to children who attend this service.
September 2—Prayer Labyrinth*
Prayer labyrinths are ancient
Christian traditions. Many monasteries and camps around the world have a
built-in labyrinth on their grounds. Crestview will be borrowing a
portable prayer labyrinth from another UMC and setting it up in the fellowship
hall. A labyrinth is essentially a maze, and those who participate will
be invited to pray as they walk the course of the maze. (For those with
mobility challenges, an additional labyrinth option will be offered on paper.)
* Kids are always welcome at all services and
events at Crestview! However, Pastor Kara has asterisked the dates on
which she believes children will connect strongly with the activity for the