As Christians and members of the Uniting Church, worship is a fundamental activity that draws us together. When we gather in worship, we respond to God’s invitation to be loved and we encounter God’s own gracious self-revelation through word and sacrament. In communal worship all bring their gifts, varied and different. Being drawn into communion with God and others can be a transforming experience.
The Transforming Worship Circle invites people to engage with the ways the Assembly resources the wider Church and thinks creatively about our worship.
Circle members will be invited to learn about, share information on and explore worship resources for liturgy, including in different languages, as well as for music, preaching, dance, drama, inter-generational and intercultural worship. This might also include thinking on preparing spaces for worship and the multiplicity of factors which enable healthy, vital worship within the breadth of the Church.
Called to be a Church for All
A liturgy resource that acknowledges both the experiences of exclusion and embrace for people with disabilities. The liturgy is the result of the 15th Assembly's commitment to justice and exclusion regarding people with disabilities.
The Advocate for the Transforming Worship Circle is Rev. Alex Sangster.
Rev. Alex shares with us what makes worship transforming.
Christ is born amongst us
By Rev. Alex Sangster, Transforming Worship Advocate incarnation (n.)c. 1300, “embodiment of God in the person of Christ,” from Old French incarnacion “the Incarnation” (12c.), from Late Latin incarnationem (nominative incarnatio), “act of being made flesh” (used by Church writers especially in reference to God in Christ; source also of Spanish encarnacion, Italian incarnazione), noun of action from past participle stem of Late
Conversations with Friends by the Sea
By Neryl McCallum and Rev. Jenny Hughes from Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA). What a delightful, soulful event the Centre’s Conversations and Exploration with Friends by the Sea: Worship in the 21st Century was. The gifted, insightful, creative team of Libby Byrne, Mark Pierson, Malcolm Gordon, and Charissa Suli offered their wisdom and gifts
Creating a Welcoming Sensory Space
By Rev. Beatriz Skippen, Bulimba Uniting Church, QLD Our Bulimba Uniting Church building is 152 years old. We have a hall, a kitchen downstairs and a vestry with a kitchenette. There is no office space. Last year we rearranged the vestry, putting in some couches and some toys. I realised the importance of having sensory