Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh is experimenting with different styles of worship.
The Sunday morning service will remain the same, but the church is also offering three new opportunities for the congregation: a contemporary worship, a Taize-style worship and a combined worship service.
“We want to offer three different styles of worship because the staff feels like it’s important to Christian education to see what happens outside of Millbrook,” said Molly Shoulta, the church’s interim associate pastor. “It’s important to know we can experience God in different ways than how we do every Sunday morning at 11 a.m.”
The project began Feb. 6 with a nighttime worship service that Shoulta called the church’s “contemporary experiment.”
“It had creative energy, interactive preaching, new and familiar songs, and we shared communion in a way that is different in how we usually share communion on a Sunday morning,” she said.
Regular worship services at Millbrook Baptist begin with a call to worship. For the contemporary service, worshippers made sandwiches to deliver to a Raleigh community of refugees.
Next, a Taize-style worship experience will be offered March 4. Taize is a meditative and contemplative service that features songs as well as periods of silence.
“We’ll have music and scripture readings and silence and meditation, and the labyrinth will also be a part of it,” Shoulta said.
Millbrook Baptist has a labyrinth, which is an ancient spiritual tool that features a winding path with twists and turns that are often compared to the journey of life.
“The labyrinth will be lit by candlelight which is a neat experience, and it will be open before and after the service,” Shoulta said.
On April 2, Millbrook Baptist will partner with The Fountain of Raleigh Fellowship for a combined service and fellowship dinner.
“They have a different style of worship than we are used to, and we’d really just like to experience God in a different way with different people,” Shoulta said.
The worship experiment was born out of feedback collected from the congregation, and the input of worshippers will be a key component of the process.
“We’re offering feedback sessions and discussion the week after each service, and our first question is going to be, ‘How did you experience God in a new way?’ Not so much a critique of the technicalities of the service, just a discussion about how you experienced God in a way that is different from what you are used to,” Shoulta said.
Triangle Interfaith Alliance
The Triangle Interfaith Alliance will gather for its annual dinner on Thursday, Feb. 11, at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh.
This year’s guest speaker, Rabbi Lucy Dinner, will talk about “The Call of the Prophets: Social Action from the Jewish Perspective.”
The Triangle Interfaith Alliance works throughout the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area to promote understanding, tolerance and respect among all faith groups.
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