The worship life of the Church needs always to be transforming to enable new generations and new groups to praise God in their own styles and languages. But more than that, the Worship Working Group believes that worship itself is a transformative process, enabling the christian disciple, through aligning themselves with God and God’s mission, to become more like Jesus.
In early February, the Worship Working Group met for two days in Adelaide to continue doing the work of resourcing the Church’s worship life. At that meeting, some resources for services of Closure of a Congregation were approved, a report was received on the highly successful “Songwrite 3” conference (website here) as well as on the upcoming UCAMusic website, which will be a way of sharing new compositions written by UCA authors.
If you haven’t visited the Worship Working Group’s resource pages on the Assembly website for a while, it would be worth checking what’s new. Recent additions have included:
- The resources for Congregational Closure mentioned above;
- A helpful guide for planning and leading worship;
- Updated resources for welcoming a group into a congregation, or a faith community or congregation into the UCA;
- Guidelines for congregations organising Visiting Preachers or Speakers.
“The Lord has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40: 3)