“Tell Me Your Story” -a great and different evangelism tool. This was spray painted on a couch that was wheeled from our church to different places – a park at Ohio State University, the cross roads at a student union, a street corner, etc. Instead of “evangelizing” and talking about our stories, we would simply ask people to tell us their stories. We did have a few business cards or brochures in our bags, but the primary purpose was to hear people’s stories, because how can we love our neighbor if we don’t know them?
Silence for Confession
Leader: We confess…
All: that we see ourselves in the story of the beggars who have come before.
Leader: We read in Scripture that… ‘In those days–Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.’
All: We confess that we live our lives the same way–not wanting to acknowledge Jesus as King or not living like it’s true.
Leader: We confess…
All: that we often do not bother to listen for Your voice or want to ascribe authority to You.
Leader: Forgive us God…
All: For being more concerned with looking for signs than what the signs are pointing to.
Name tags were often worn in our community. For confession one evening (in the beginning of worship), we gave everyone a second name tag. We asked them to confess their sin and wear it outwardly for most of worship until eucharist. As they came forward for eucharist, there was an extra person standing next to the distribution of elements, their “sin” was removed and put on the cross for them.
Both Advent and Lent serve as a great time to try out new and different practices that blend Biblical theology and community to help people as they follow Jesus, and move from head knowledge to heart knowledge. As Advent is a time of waiting and hope, one such practice is to redesign your worship space/sanctuary. If it’s possible, rearrange the seating so that you can be seated “in the round.” Also a great idea for eucharist is to start with a group of 8 people (instead of the normal “line” or communing at the “rail.”). The pastor begins by communing the person on his/her right. The individual then communes the person on his/her right. After receiving the elements, the person leaves and a new person comes to take his/her place as they are able/desire. It does take additional time to celebrate the Eucharist this way; however, as we are focusing on a theme of “waiting” – it allows for meditation and a deeper sense of community as the body & blood, bread and wine are shared with each other.
As the Advent season begins, there are lots of ways to use traditional hymns with an untraditional twist. For example: Pour Out Your Spirit Lord combined with O Come O Come Emmanuel. Normally Pour Out Your Spirit Lord serves as a “chorus” between the verses of this Advent hymn. Many people will intersperse different verses of Pour Out Your Spirit Lord (i.e.: pour out your joy, peace, etc) as they correspond with different verses of O Come O Come Emmanuel. For a chord chart and example, please click here: Advent Medley
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