This workshop enables office to take a body/brain break in the middle of their workday. In as short a time as fifteen minutes, participants get the opportunity to stretch muscles that grow tight during the day. This workshop also enables participants to get in touch with their own voice so that they can lead their program area with confidence.
Singing the Psalms
The book of Psalms is the ancient prayerbook of the church, reaching to the depth of our being, singing of every facet of human emotion. Joy and grief, pleasure and pain are all held up as important parts of our service to God. In Singing the Psalms, we breath together, using our whole bodies in song and meditation. The service is paperless, the leader “lining out” the words, singing a line to be repeated by the gathered community. Congregants are able to focus their whole attention in contemplative prayer.
Hymnsings are a wonderful opportunity for a congregation to get to know itself. Each person and each congregation has songs that they know forwards and backwards. These songs are written on our hearts, heartsongs that we sing even without the words in front of us. Singing songs from the rich traditions that make up our heartsongs help us to worship God from the depth of our being. Church music is filled with songs from such diverse genres as English hymns and spirituals, folk and gospel, plainsong and Taize chant, contemporary worship and contemporary liturgical music. By singing songs suggested by members of the congregation, we meet each other at a place deeper than words can say. We sing our heartsongs as a congregation, being knit together in the worship of the One who is beyond any of us.