As in most United Churches, at Devon United Church our worship services have a certain pattern and rhythm - an “order of service”. Every service includes Music, Scripture, Reflection, and Prayer.
We believe that it is important to come together regularly to remember God as a vital force in our lives. The shape of worship helps us do that. Different things call to different people and that’s why we have a variety of ways of connecting with God.
Every week I choose the music, scripture and prayers that will be part of the service. Traditionally, this follows the church seasons and suggested scripture readings. Within these guidelines, there are many different ways in which we can shape our worship together.
Within each of aspects of worship - Music, Scripture, Reflection and Prayer - there are many different styles and approaches to help us experience God’s presence more fully. Each individual comes with their own specific spiritual needs, seeking something in the service that will inspire them, heal them, help them feel more deeply connected with God and those around them. So it’s vitally important to have a variety of these essentials in each service, to help each of us be spiritually nurtured.
In doing this, we have choices. In this upcoming conversation on October 28th, our purpose is to get your feedback, which will help guide us in making those choices. When it comes to Music, Scripture, Reflection and Prayer:
a) What do you find meaningful and helpful in our services, and
b) What would enhance worship for you.
So I encourage you to take some time in thoughtful reflection, and then let’s talk about it. Bring your insights and ideas to our first congregational conversation on Sunday, October 28.
Please refer to the flyer you received this morning for more details. And if you are not able to be there, please take a moment to consider the questions on the flyer and write your responses down on the back of the sheet and put it in the Suggestion Box by the office or give it directly to either Rayona or me.
Please know that my door is always open, so feel free to drop in and have a chat, that works too!
- Rev. Dirk