Transforming Worship Circle
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.
MEET CIRCLE ADVOCATE REV ALEX SANGSTER
Circle Panel Members
The Panel Members for this Circle are David McGregor, Paul Walton, Warwick Cadenhead, Jenni Hughes, Ellie Elia, Mat Harry, James Aaron and Simon Lee.
An Easter Meditation
‘This heavy head of Christ’: an Easter meditationWritten by Rev Alex Sangster, Transforming Worship Circle AdvocateThis heavy head of christ,Weight of world has brought you downAnd we are sorrythat we fell asleepin all those boatsand while you prayedand while you wept.And we are sorrythat we saidwe did not know youOver and over againGood Friday is…
'Requiem for 2020'
Requiem for 2020The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenge and change to life and to our world. Alongside the threat to personal and community health, and the significant challenges faced by health systems and frontline workers, many have been deprived of the rituals that normally accompany grief and loss.Now a year into…
Outdoor Worship in Advent
Outdoor Worship this Advent Season”We are experiencing a liminal space in many churches at the moment. While some congregations have recommenced worship, many other congregations are taking their time to make the decisions about how to safely go back to worship. Some will be waiting until after Christmas.The delightful dilemma that may be stalling us…
Liturgy at the time of Dying
Liturgy at the time of Dying For those who are physically separated from the dying In response to COVID-19, the Transforming Worship Circle has created a liturgy resource for those who are physically separated from their loved one at the time of death due to the need for isolation and physical distancing. Such a liturgy may…
Faith at Home
Growing Faith-Filled FamilesThe VIC/TAS Synod Intergenerational Ministry team have produced a six-part resource Faith at Home, Inspiration for households based on the Richard Foster’s six spiritual traditions from his book Streams of living water and the Renovare Spiritual traditions workbook. Each Resource contains practical suggestions for exploring a particular tradition in the home. You may…
Learning new songs
A recent post on the Transforming Worship Facebook page asked for suggestions to introduce a congregation to some new songs. What a wonderful collection of responses! The request was for a congregation that wants to expand on Together in Song (TIS) hymns and organ music, but ideally songs that can be learnt easily without meeting…