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Youth Worker Movement
ContemplativeChristmastide Worship
Why is a Contemplative Christmastide Worship?
Or better yet, what the heck is a Contemplative Christmastide Worship?
As you may know there is a ton of things going on during this Advent / Christmastide. Parties, finals, buying presents,extra work, travel, family, church, and probably a few other things. Claiming an hour or so of sacred space in this mannerduring a church gathering time is a great way to help people refocus and refresh during a chaotic time. It is my hope thatthis gives you some inspired ideas to provide such sacred space.Contemplative Worship, in my view & shared in this outline, is a worship experience that give open space to itsparticipants to encounter and actively engage God through prayerful active experiences. The critical key that I can give toyou in putting this together is to consider it prayerfully. Control is something you do not have when giving open space.That we leave to God to fill & in my decade of doing worship services similar to this one, God hasn
t let me down showingup.
What You
ll Need & What is so great about Christmastide
The most awesome part about experiential worship this time of year.. It is practically spoon fed to us. There is so muchrich imagery and experiential aspect to Christmas that you can
t go wrong. Our aim here is to flip them a bit on the cornerof their traditional usage. If you find yourself without one of the items in the materials list, no worries, find another item thatcould alternate.
What do I do?
In my preparations, I do a lot of mediation and prayer over the scriptures and who our participants might be. To me, this ismy worship experience. Beforehand the worship I gather all my materials ahead of time, then spend time setting up theprayer stations in areas of our worship space that allow for people to move freely without running into one another. Bigrooms work really great, but you can use a series of rooms if needed. Sanctuaries can be cool spaces as well, just knowyou might have to ask forgiveness from those who protect the carpets.Have some prepared thoughts to share on why you are offering open space (especially if it
s the first time for somethinglike this). Lead the liturgies and such, offer the sacred space, then let God take over from there. I
m giving you some ideaswith some specifics, but not all. As I mentioned, the set up is part of your worship, so I
d hope you prayerfully consider themeditations specific for your group. But if it helps, I try to be descriptive enough where you can tell where I
d go normally.
Order of Worship
gather everyone together in central spot
Call to Worship
We welcome everyone to this sacred space and time of worship. We light this candle as a sign of Christ among usduring this night
Response While Lighting the Candle: Christ be With Us
Opening Prayer
Use a prayer from the Book of Worship for the Season, Lots of good stuff in there
Opening Song
my suggestion “What Child is This”
Open Sacred Space
Give permission to move about the room and engage in the prayer stations, or to just sit and be. This is achaotic time in life, here is some time with God for however you all see fit to use it.
Call Together
Have mentioned some method for signifying that you are going to re-gather. Ending of music, start ofmusic, sound of bell chimes, etc.
It is always a good practice to have a time sharing what some experienced through the space.
Close with a song then a simple prayer. Dismiss respecting the silence of the space

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