In "Spirit of Life," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite participants to create a worship celebration in praise of creation. Direct participants' attention to the newsprint you have posted. Explain that participants will be invited to choose one of five groups. One group will build an altar, one will offer a litany, one will engage in body movement, one will develop a guided meditation, and one will offer a blessing as a closing. Invite participants to form five groups according to their interests. Make sure no one will be working alone, and that no group is too large to engage all of its participants.
Give each group a slip from Leader Resource 1. Explain that groups will have ten minutes to work together and create something to present to the entire group. The element each group creates should take no more than two minutes to conduct or present.
Distribute copies of Singing the Living Tradition to the group whose assignment is Movement in Praise of Creation. Distribute or indicate any other items, such as musical instruments, that you have provided for all groups to use.
Ring the bell to begin the activity. While the groups work, make yourself available as a resource. Watch the time, and ring the bell when ten minutes are up.
Re-gather the group. Remind participants of the flow of the events: Altar, Litany, Movement, Meditation, and Closing. Ask them to pay attention to flow so as to experience the celebration and to experience how their parts contribute to the whole. Invite participants to keep silence between the elements as they are conducted or performed. Invite them to get comfortable in their chairs, take some deep breaths, and prepare to receive the celebrations.
After the celebration closing, allow a silent pause. Then lead a discussion with these questions:
The noise created by group work may interfere with some participants' ability to hear in their small groups. You may wish to help some groups relocate to a quieter room.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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