Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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An Unconventional Worship on Miracles- Sunday July 3, 2016 10 a.m.

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Jun 30, 2016

This Sunday July 3, at 10 a.m. the UUCSH worship service will explore the question(s)…
“Do you believe in miracles?!”
“What do miracles mean to you?…”
“Do you live your life as if nothing is a miracle or as if everything is a miracle?”

That last question is a rephrasing of a quote ascribed to Albert Einstein- though I’m not sure if it is accurate…regardless, these and other questions and quotes on miracles are rich for exploration!

A few important notes about this worship service…
1. It will be a multi-generational worship service
This means that all ages are welcomed and encouraged to attend and participate for the entirety of the worship service in the sanctuary.   There is always the nursery downstairs in fellowship hall for children 3 years old and younger (and their parents/guardians).  Anyone feeling the need for an “energy break” is always able to step out into the foyer.

2.  This will be a more participatory service than is typical of worship services!
I’ve always wanted to adapt the small group ministry style into the large group worship service and when the opportunity to lead a summer service- Fourth of July weekend to boot- fell into my lap, I decided to take a chance and go for it!  As such, there will be more opportunities for personal reflection, sharing with nearby parishioners, and some limited large group sharing depending on how many are in attendance.  The sharing opportunities are intended for all ages to participate, and as is always the case, it is up to you what, and how much, you would like to share with others.

3. The sanctuary will look a little different than the usual set-up…
In addition to experimenting with small group ministry components, I also wanted to mix up the worship space.  There will be areas where all ages may contribute to large newsprint art creations, sharing in words or pictures how you understand miracles; there will be everyday items to reflect on whether they are miracles or not; some audio-visual elements will be supplied via projector and screen.  Overall, there will be opportunities for silence and stillness, movement and sound, inner reflection and outer dialogue!

I know Fourth of July weekend often brings many fun activities with it- and the forecast looks favorable for such- I hope you will bring and open mind and an open heart to this Sunday’s adventure in worship- you just might witness a miracle!miracle_sanc1miracle_newspringmiracle_objects