Images from Worship 2021
The Worship learning circle ended last week. Five students (and three program staff) gathered online twice a week for six weeks to explore the theology and practice of worship.
Each session began with either a short worship and check-in led by students or with a sermon followed by feedback. “It allowed us to see different preaching styles and try new ideas,” says student Rob Murdock.
Michelle Owens and Marcie Gibson joined the circle for a couple of sessions to talk about sacraments – baptism and communion.
“When you get three diaconal ministers in a room and ask about baptismal theology, you get at least five opinions,” said Michelle.
Because the learning circle was online, we were able to draw on guests from all over.
Worship artist Lisle Gwynn Garrity challenged the students to awaken their own creativity and the creativity of their congregations in worship. “Unused creativity is not benign,” she reminded them.
“As always, the CCS staff work so well together,” says student Kristie Pilling. “I really enjoyed each and every guest and feel I have learned and grown so much in the last six weeks. Learning about interculturalism was of specific interest to me.”
“Hope” was a word that came up often in conversations. As these students integrate worship-leadership into their ministry they are becoming agents of hope.