For our summer worship in the Chapel we want to invite you – our DPC members and friends – to contribute to the services by crafting liturgy. And for our purposes you can think of liturgy as those things we say together and the prompts that introduce those elements. So, if you want to try your hand at composing the words and prayers of worship, send an email to Pastor Mike — [email protected]— noting which movements and Sundays you’d like to tackle. You can also tell him whether or not you’d be interested in a liturgy workshop or get-together.
Want to know even more? Here are the specific elements of worship you can work on:
- Call to Worship
An invitation to the congregation to come into God’s presence with praise. It reminds us that our worship centers on God and not ourselves.
- Invitation to Confession
A reminder of why we need to offer confession, both individually and as a community.
- Prayer of Confession
Confessing the truth about ourselves and the ways we have fallen short of both God’s and our own best intentions.
- Assurance of Pardon and Passing the Peace
We are assured that in all things we are loved, forgiven, restored and renewed, and encouraged to share that love with others.
- Prayer for Illumination
An invitation to God to open our hearts and minds by the power of the Holy Spirit to receive and understand the Word written and proclaimed.
- Prayers of the People
An opportunity to join together for prayers of petition and joy, with particular attention to world, national, local and personal concerns.
- Prayer of Dedication
We give thanks for our offerings and pray that they would be used to further reveal God’s kingdom.
Pastor Mike is primarily responsible for our weekly liturgy, and he either selects it from pre-written liturgy sources – books, websites, journals – or writes it himself. Almost always the liturgy is tied to the Revised Common Lectionary that Mike uses for preaching and reflects the lectionary’s scripture and themes.
Your liturgical contributions can be for any, part of, or all of a service and should be tied to the custom lectionary we’ll be using for our Chapel worship.
A good way to understand how liturgy, theme and scripture tie together is by looking at this bulletin or those on the DPC website. Most movements are accompanied by a note that says “based on…” with scripture verses listed. If you read the passages and then the liturgy you’ll see how the two come together.
And of course, we’ll give full credit each week to everyone who contributes!