Moot Worship Service Guidelines (November 2011) Thanks for volunteering to curate a Moot service. Hopefully by reading this outline you will be able to prepare, and take the service and feel confident about what you are doing. Moot services are about allowing others the chance to experience God and journey on their path along side others on their own spiritual path. We are a group of different people with different understandings of life and spirituality, brought together with a mutual interest in sharing that journey together. Services need to provide a space for mystery and open ended-ness to this end, try not to use too many words. Your role is to facilitate the creativity and spirituality of the entire community, get others involved and avoid trying to do it all yourself. There are four different kinds of services. This document covers aspects concerning the Contemplative and Compline services. If you have any questions or need support contact Tim Dendy: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 0797 430 5999 PLANNING THE SERVICE – Where to start: Begin to prepare your service a couple of weeks in advance - it will mean a better service and less stress for you. It allows to you reflect, plan and pray about it better. The sheets used in the services are stored at Moot, but for planning the service please go to the moot website, log-in to the Community Section (you will need to register) and download the service sheet you need www.moot.uk.net We have service sheets, which we follow for this service, with set introduction, prayer and end liturgy. The order of services is something that has been agreed with the diocese in 2004. The scripture readings, prayers, liturgy etc all need to be included, they can be done creatively, just not dropped. They are there to provide us with a structure and core. PLEASE DON’T MISS ANYTHING OUT! The Moot Little Book is an excellent resource for the Contemplative & Compline Services. If you don’t have a copy you can buy them through Mootique on the Website. The services should last somewhere between 45mins (Short Compline) and an hour 10 minutes. Try not to run too much shorter or longer than this – we don’t want people to get restless, and at the same time, don’t want them to feel ‘short-changed’! Moot Budgets for expenses for services, so please keep receipts and complete an expense form, then submit to Ian Mobsby. Raewyn should have emailed you a form, but if not, ask her for one! LEADING THE SERVICE – TIPS! Run through the liturgy to see which bits you have to find stuff for (e.g. the meditation bit) and also discuss (if there are two of you) which bits you may want to be a bit more creative with – or you may just want to leave it all as it is. Practice reading the liturgies aloud beforehand - it will help enormously, and the flow of the liturgy will be better as you will know where you are going. Don't rush - always leave a pause after each different paragraph and after each section. Allow people to take in what they are reading or listening to Welcome folk. Give brief, but clear instructions. Don't worry if you make mistakes – that’s fine. It’s good to show that it’s not about a perfect performance, but rather about creating the space to allow God to be heard and encountered. Organise people to clear up (ask for help at the end of the service – don’t do it all yourselves!!) On the day…SETTING UP ACCESS – you will need to check that the church is open or that someone can meet you to open up. Please speak to Tim email@example.com mobile 0797 430 5999 or Ian firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: 0778 715 8868 about this in the week leading up to the service. Set up early- everything should be done before 6:30pm so you can welcome people. Allow about at least an hour and fifteen minutes for the set-up. (And this to include 10 or so minutes of prayer for the coming service and the work/life of our community. Others who are around at this time may join you). There is a checklist in the Box with the Services Sheets with lets you know what to set up. The set up includes setting up Technical Equipment. Please ask Tim in the first instance if you need help with the technical equipment. He can refer you to people who can help you set up on the day. You will need to buy milk! Normal milk and soya please. There is a Tescos nearby but on a Sunday it closes earlier so do come prepared. Please keep receipts and claim back the money from Ian for any expenses. PACKING UP Refer to the checklist in the Services Sheets box but do ask at the end of the service for volunteers to help. Some thoughts about the nature of Moot Services to guide you : Curation We always talk about ‘curating’ services - like somebody putting on an exhibition or art show, the curators assemble the different elements of the worship service together. Think of the service as having elements – the word, liturgy and meditation/activity and your job is to assemble these and make sure they go together. NB, this does not mean you have to do or contribute every one of these elements. Rather you find all the people who will contribute all the elements and make sure they are up to speed about the theme of the service etc. Make use of different Mooter’s skills e.g. music, storytelling, poetry, images etc – you may have received a list of people with skills you can use. Ask them to take on a part of the service. If you have not received this list, ask Raewyn. Corporate worship, not expression of self Ask yourself whether the various elements of the service (like the meditation and other activities), are helping others to worship and encounter God. Please be careful of personalising things too much. (And avoid personal pronouns, so use ‘we’ instead of ‘I’) Experiential - not conceptual! In the past, I (Tim) have made the classic mistake of providing a workshop not a meditation, meaning I tried to explain something rather than demonstrate it. (It’s an easy mistake for those of us who are ‘head’ people. And that’s a lot of us at Moot!). Anyways, what I should have done with my piece, (which was an explanation of centring prayer), was to lead people in a centring prayer and guide people through it, inviting them to note things along the way, but from the ‘inside’ of the experience, rather than the ‘outside’. Being ‘Creative’ Don't feel obliged to be creative or do stuff just because you feel you ought to- better to be simple and honest than make things over complex and forced. Services with a simple structure seem to work best. Experience not Exposition Keeping things diverse means you may reach people more effectively. Making suggestions and allowing the congregation to experience God for themselves will be more fruitful than telling them what you think is a good way to live. Outside elements, such as culturally relevant contemporary images, news stories, music etc, always go down well. Involve an aesthetic. The things we don’t say are as important as those we do. Think about the symbols and images you use, the layout, ambient music etc. Think about hitting different senses- smell, sound, sight, touch- it can make for a richer experience Silence Silence may feel intimidating, or that you aren't filling it, but it can be a powerful place to meet God- feel free to include it. In a fast-paced city with enormous amounts of consistent noise, silence offers the opportunity listen to ourselves and to the world. NOTES ON EACH SECTION OF THE CONTEMPLATIVE/COMPLINE SERVICES Invocation (Contemplative Service) Consider using a song or piece of music at the beginning that is reflective of the Trinity or focusing our minds on the Divine. Ask people to pause, prepare and be silent whilst it is playing. Ideally it should be no longer than 3-4 minutes. Alternatively, begin with a moment of silence. (For the Compline Service you may wish to play some music during the Preparation Section). 5 Minutes Disciplined Silence: for those who may be new to the services it is helpful to briefly frame the 5 minutes of disciplined silence by explaining that it is a time to still our minds, and bring our whole selves before God and to focus on the Divine. Please ensure the silence is 5 minutes (or 3 when so noted). Meditation / Contemplative Prayer /Examen In this section, it is really important to complete some form of contemplative prayer. Please choose something from the Moot Little Pocket Liturgy book. Ask Tim if you need guidance here. Scripture Reading See the lectionary readings. There will be an Old Testament Psalm and New Testament reading. You may choose to do either an Old and New Testament or a Psalm and New Testament. When you are reading, say which book you are reading from and the chapter e.g. A reading from Mark chapter 7. Always allow a little break after each reading before the next one to allow people to dwell on what has been said. If you need some inspiration, there are set readings (Lectionary Readings) for each day of the year. These can be found on: www.oremus.org/cofe.html or can be found in the Community Section of the Moot Website (log-in to access) Storytelling / Reflection See Moot Little Book You may want to tell a story you know, or use one of the stories about the Saints in the Celtic Daily Prayer book. Leave reflections open-ended. In the Compline Service there is opportunity for a scriptural story-telling. Please do use our Moot Storytelling talents (ie: Richard and Trine) to help you here. Please ask Tim if you need guidance or want to check whether something you have found/written is appropriate. Response activity following Reflection (Contemplative Service) This literally can be anything you think would be appropriate, allowing people to respond to your previous story or reflection. It can be silently listening to a film clip or a song or silence. It may be recording what has occurred to people through the reflection by writing/drawing a personal record. It may be appropriate to combine it with the prayers that follow. If you do combine these two sections, be clear about what is a response and what is prayer, ensuring room for participation. If your response is through prayer, then you may want to do something more creative here. Eg: ask people to write or draw their prayers, or light a candle as they pray. Feel free to come up with some of your own ideas, but again refer to Tim if you need inspiration or to check if your idea is appropriate. Prayers Follow the format as written on the service sheet. If you wish to script prayers within each section, please do.
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