In 2011 we were experiencing what I called blessed pandemonium on Wednesday nights. This year Wednesday nights are a bit tamer, but they are still multi-generational and include the men from the group home in our neighborhood. So, with the multiple attention levels and learning style needs present, we re-used the format from our Ash Wednesday service in 2011.
Our Ash Wednesday liturgy is about sin, death, and repentance and (as in 2011) is taken from the wide-ranging and weighty words of Psalm 44. That Psalm has a number of references to "hands," so we decided to have a more kinesthetic learning-style service in order to really engage the children, youth, and group home folks alongside our adult members.
We used Psalm 44 as the structure for the whole service, and we used our hands (literally!) to understand and work through each part of it. Here are the basics, and I will link to the order of worship below. When I realized we'd be using our hands throughout, we did away with the bulletin and projected all the scripture and music on the screen.
We sang "Give Thanks" to express our thankfulness to God for that faithfulness.
And with that move from anger to pleading to self-examination (which reminds me of the stages of grief!) led us into a prayer of confession. I had been looking for a time in which we could join hands. This didn't seem the obvious time, but we did and I reminded the congregation that though sin isolates, we are never alone - indeed, scripture reminds us that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" - and so we prayed a prayer of confession together - eyes open reading screen - and holding hands. Very interesting...
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