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BYO Worship

3 March, 2004 12:13 PM

Last night we had a great night at Living Room. We were fasting so didn't have dinner for the first time ever on a Tuesday night. Instead of all bringing food as we normally do we decided to all bring something to share with the group. We left it very open for people to do, share, say what they wanted for around 10- 15 minutes each on any theme at all.

It was very interesting to see the variety of things that people brought to the group. One sang some amazing songs she's written, another shared of the birth of a neice and a psalm, another played a song from a CD and related it to Scripture, another led us in a time of intentional prayer and listening to God for one another, another shared some highlights from the week from their family, another shared some of the burdens they were facing - followed by prayer for them, another read us a short story and then led us on a prayer walk through the neighborhood where we prayed for the local community.

It was one of those special nights where I felt the group really rising to the occasion and taking real ownership of what we do. There was no leader or expert who prepared what we would do, but rather each person played an equal and important role in the direction of the group - it was very empowering.

In the midst of it I felt we went a little deeper both with one another in community but also deeper into God, particularly in our commitment to listening to Gods Spirit and allowing him to shape and heal.

I suspect that we'll incorporate these sorts of nights into what we do quite regularly in future.

Update: here are a few other posts on some BYO Worship Nights that we've run.

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Doesn't sound like Church to me.

Esther » 3 March, 2004 1:51 PM

What exactly does? Leave a link or something, and maybe we can know what you mean, Esther. Darren has been gracious enough not to give you an IP ban.

This is beautiful - indigenous church, ownership as you say. Exactly what is needed. God bless.

Justin Baeder » 3 March, 2004 3:45 PM

Sounds to me like what all of your gatherings should be like


George » 4 March, 2004 1:15 AM

I am trying to write a doctoral thesis on missional church structures and would be very interested to know what you feel the purposes are for worship and what scriptures have informed your ideas. I am also interested to know what you feel the traditional church structure has tried to do in "worship services" that would best be done in a different way or different venue.

Ron » 16 July, 2004 9:48 AM

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