Worship: (See Post-Pandemic)

  • A 3-day Immersive Retreat to Design Worship for the  2021-2022 Liturgical Year, Denver, Colorado, September 19-22, 2021, both virtual and in-person (Worship Design Studio/Dr. Marcia Mcfee)$: Click here
  • Here are 5 Confessions of a Pastor About Online Church Attendance, 6/2021 (Carey Nieuwhof article): Click here
  • Welcome to ‘phygital’ worship: The challenge of blending physical and digital worlds is real, 6/2021 (Presbyterians Today article): Click here
  • Worshiping With Children: Including Children In The Congregation’s Worship, Using The Revised Common Lectionary: Click here
  • Special days and emphases: Click here
  • The 2021 Action Kit features stories for each Special Offering highlighting congregations across the country, as well as details for each Offering, Four for Four information, resources, social media and more: Click here
  • Summer Worship Design-A-Thon with Marcia McFee & Worship Design Studio, 4/21/2021, $$: Click here
  • Looking Into The Lectionary, (Presbyterian Outlook): Click here
  • 2021 Music & Worship Conferences at Montreat, $$,online June 27-July 2: Click here

 

Suggested Resources:

  • A Liturgy for Healing and Moving Forward (out of the pandemic): Click here
  • The Work of The People: What We Do in Worship and Why ($24) by Marlea Gilbert & Christopher Grundy, Eric T. Myers, and Stephanie Perdew – This is one in a series of books on Vital Worship, Healthy Congregations. The authors come from different disciplines and include liturgists, musicians, and more. Having this combination of authors helps to put together a good resource to understand what to look at in designing worship and why as congregations we do what we do within the worship setting. The book itself is not long and would be useful for a worship team to use; the bibliography would be useful in continuing to work on worship.
  • How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon ($13.49) by Frank A. Thomas, introduction by William J. Barber II: This book is laid out to be helpful for preachers working on sermons during difficult times. Mainly the author explores the idea of “moral imagination and diabolic imagination” and lays the groundwork for prophetic preaching. In addition, the author explores several speeches and sermons by Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Prathia L. Hall. The goal is to help a preacher or leader develop their own voice in this area. The author led a webinar for PRC about the book; you can register to watch the recording by clicking here.
  • Finding Words for Worship: A Guide for Leaders ($25) by Ruth C. Duck – If you are working on writing your own liturgy, this book would be very helpful. Instead of liturgy already written out, this book teaches how to find your voice in designing liturgy for worship services. Though published in 1995, the information is not outdated and can be adapted to the times we live in. The author takes a leader seeking to write their own liturgy through the process including the process itself, finding images to help, and the different forms of prayers. The final chapter focuses on “Bringing It All Together.” This work could be used by individuals seeking to write their own liturgy or read separately and then used by a worship team to craft a service together.
  • Reinventing Worship: Prayers, Readings, Special Services and More ($15) by Brad Berglund – This book starts with laying out the importance of leading worship and working as a team. The author explains how working together to lead worship develops less into a committee and more into a connected team (p. 2). The author takes time to explore each part of worship, including praying, lamenting, responding, and going forth. Then there are several good examples for a worship team to explore and figure out what may work best for their congregation. In the back of the book, the multiple contributors are listed, which would be helpful for team building and continuing to find new resources.
  • Touch Holiness: Resources for Worship ($18) edited by Ruth C. Duck and Maren C. Tirabassi – The editors of Touch Holiness are both well known in the field of liturgical resources. Although this book was written a while ago, the resources are still quite helpful.